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The Center on the Developing Child is committed to helping leaders and teams not only understand the science of early childhood development, but also use it to transform the way they work. To do that, the Center has developed a set of Science X Design training and support options.

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Three key messages can help guide our thinking in a time when innovation has never been more needed in public systems in order to improve both health and learning.

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Four Harvard doctoral students have been awarded the Science and Innovation Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Four Harvard doctoral students have been awarded the Science and Innovation Fellowship for the 2020-2021 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.

This guide pulls together information on what the outbreak means for child development, and easy-to-share resources that can help everyone from parents and caregivers to child care providers and pediatricians.

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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 Working Paper examines how developing biological systems in the body interact with each other and adapt to the contexts in which a child is developing—for better or for worse—with lifelong consequences for physical and mental health.

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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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