Student Seminar Series

Our Student Seminar Series brings Harvard undergraduate and graduate students into conversation with leaders in the field of early childhood development. The yearlong, non-credit series covers an interdisciplinary set of topics. Each interactive session introduces students to the integrated science of health, learning, and behavior, as well as the science’s implications for policy and practice.

The series presents a unique opportunity for students to learn in and from a university-wide community interested in promoting the healthy development of young children in the United States and abroad. Featured speakers include staff and fellows from the Center on the Developing Child explaining key concepts about the Center’s current work, as well as researchers and practitioners sharing their work that is building the knowledge base and leveraging it to improve child outcomes in the real world.

Session Schedule 2019-2020

The seminars take place on selected Tuesdays, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at 50 Church Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge, and dinner is served. While attendance at all sessions is not mandatory, interested participants are required to complete a one-time registration for the series with a separate RSVP for each session.

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Session I: September 24, 2019
Early Childhood Challenges in Policy and Practice in New Zealand
Donna Provoost, M.A.
Director of Strategy, Rights & Advice for New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner
Andres Garcia LopezSession II: October 22, 2019
Early Childhood Development Entrepreneurship

Andres Garcia Lopez, Ed.M.
Senior Project Manager, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Center on the Developing Child
Michelle FoleySession III: November 12, 2019
Developing Game-Changing Metrics for the Early Childhood Ecosystem
Michelle Foley, Ed.M.
Senior Project Manager
Center on the Developing Child
Janet MacDougall headshotSession IV: February 11, 2020
Competency Through Coaching
Janet MacDougall, M.Ed.
Divisional Director of Child Care Services
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston
Session V: March 10, 2020
Nurturing Brain Development in Two Generations
Sarah E. Ryan, LCSW
Director of Lifeskills
Julie’s Family Learning Program
Susan CrowleySession VI: April 7, 2020
Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families
Susan Crowley, M.P.A.
Project Manager
Center on the Developing Child
Register for the 2019-2020 session
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