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Those who've experienced toxic stress know best the toll it can take on the body and brain. But experiencing it is never the whole story. There are many supports that can help ease the burden.

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In this video, learn more about how play can foster children's resilience to hardship, and how the complex interactions involved when children play help build their brains.

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This guide for practitioners explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help.

Four Harvard doctoral students have been awarded the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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This guide for practitioners explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help.

When the stress in your life just doesn’t let up, it can seem like there’s nothing that can make it better. But there are resources that can help, and toxic stress doesn’t have to define your life.

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This how-to video breaks down serve and return into 5 simple steps and features adults and young children doing each step together.

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This guide for practitioners explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help.

In this infographic, learn about the science behind genes and their interaction with children's experiences—nature and nurture—and how these interactions affect child development.

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This guide for practitioners explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help.

This infographic explains what executive function skills are, how they're built, and why they matter.

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Reaching for Breakthroughs with Science-Based Innovation

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The science of early childhood is a source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies & services focused on the early years of life.

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Using current best practices as a starting point, the Center works with a network of fellow change agents to design, implement, and evaluate innovative, science-based practice models that achieve transformational change for vulnerable children and families.

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Innovation does not happen in a vacuum. To bring about lasting, population-level change for children facing adversity, we must foster a movement of collective change.

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