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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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