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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.

We know that early childhood is a critical time for the brain, but adolescence is also a vital "window of opportunity" for building core life skills — and for practitioners to provide support.

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This 5-minute video explores the development and use of core capabilities — known as executive function and self-regulation skills — from early childhood into adolescence and adulthood.

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Urban Thinkscape transforms public spaces in neighborhoods into opportunities for playful learning by infusing them with durable, replicable, and attractive activities that challenge the mind while encouraging caregiver-child interactions.

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Understanding how the experiences children have can affect lifelong outcomes provides a foundation upon which policymakers and civic leaders can design a more effective agenda.

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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.

Three Harvard doctoral students have been awarded the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship for the 2018-2019 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.

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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.

"The best thing we could do for the children who have been separated from their parents at the border is to reunite them immediately."

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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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