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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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Why are the early years of a child’s life so important for brain development? How are connections built in the brain, and how can early brain development affect a child’s future health? This episode of The Brain Architects podcast dives into all these questions and more.

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What is toxic stress? What effects can it have on a child’s development? What does it mean to build resilience? This episode of The Brain Architects explores what “toxic stress” means, and what we can do about it.

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What is “serve and return”? And what can parents and caregivers do in their day-to-day lives to build responsive relationships? This episode of The Brain Architects podcast addresses these questions and more!

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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 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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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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