Resilience is needed now more than ever. One simple, yet often overlooked way of supporting healthy and resilient child development is as old as humanity itself: PLAY. Play contributes to sturdy brain architecture, the foundations of lifelong health, and the building blocks of resilience. Listen to this episode of The Brain Architects podcast to learn how!
This new brief discusses how racism creates conditions that harm the well-being of children and families, and the need to go "upstream" and create policy solutions to address the source of structural, cultural, and interpersonal racism.
In this animated video, narrated by Center on the Developing Child Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., learn what the latest science tells us about how early experiences affect not only early learning and school readiness, but also lifelong health.
The early childhood field is at a critical inflection point in a changing world. The opportunity to align new science and the lived experiences of families and decision makers across a diversity of sectors, cultures, and political values offers a powerful pathway forward. The need for shared leadership along that path is urgent.
The following handout series, developed with support from the LEGO Foundation, provides suggestions for games and play-based activities based on a child’s age. The activities for younger children are designed for adults to engage in with children. Activities for later ages allow the adults to step back, enabling children’s independence to blossom as they transition to playing more often with peers.
We sat down with Bill de Blasio, who served as mayor of New York City to discuss his work in early childhood education, current challenges and opportunities in the field, as well as how policies across a variety of domains—from green space to housing security—can be implemented to have a positive impact on children and families.
Center faculty and staff were honored to welcome Catherine, the Princess of Wales, on Friday, December 2, for a discussion on the latest research on early childhood development and how science can inform the policy landscape and increase the impact of programs.
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.Learn more about Innovation & Application
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