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The Spectrum of NeglectThe Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care

Using science as a guide, this interactive chart delineates four types of diminished responsiveness and their consquences in order to provide a useful framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips below, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute video InBrief: The Science of Neglect.

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Drive Science-Based Innovation in Policy and Practice: A Logic ModelDriving Science-Based Innovation in Policy & Practice: A Logic Model

This narrated interactive feature presents a logic model showing how policies and programs that strengthen specific kinds of caregiver and community capacities can build the foundations of healthy development. These support beneficial biological adaptations in the brain and other organ systems, which lead to positive outcomes in health and development across the lifespan.

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biodevelopmental-thumb.gifHow Early Experiences Get Into the Body:
A Biodevelopmental Framework

This interactive feature explains how early
experiences are biologically embedded in the development of the brain and other organ systems and have lifelong impacts on learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. To do that in simple terms, it offers an organizing structure, or "biodevelopmental framework," for thinking about these particular biological and developmental processes and their long-term effects. 

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gene-interactive-thumb.gifHow Early Experiences Alter Gene Expression and Shape Development

This interactive feature describes and explains in simple terms how early experiences get into the body and change how genes are expressed, with lifelong consequences on developing organs, including the brain.

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core-concepts-thumb.gifCore Concepts in the Science of Early Childhood Development

This interactive feature describes the science of early childhood development. Through images and text, it tells the story of how brains are built over time; the interaction of genes and experience; the damage caused by chronic, unrelenting adversity (“toxic stress”); and why early intervention matters.

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5-numbers-thumb.gifFive Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development

This interactive feature highlights five numbers to remember about the development of young children. Learn how the numbers illustrate such concepts as the importance of early childhood to the learning, behavior, and health of later life and why getting things right the first time is easier and more effective than trying to fix them later.

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decision-guide-thumb.gifEarly Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Maker’s Guide

This interactive feature from the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs helps prepare decision-makers to be better consumers of evaluation information by posing five key questions that address both the substance and the practical utility of rigorous evaluation research. This feature is based on the 2007 report, also titled Early Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Maker's Guide, from the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.

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