Learning Communities in Action

Rapid, breakthrough change cannot happen in the field of early childhood unless people, organizations, and systems learn from each other’s successes and failures. This requires a platform for asking and answering questions such as: which interventions work for which populations and why? The Center on the Developing Child facilitates the development of learning communities that provide the means for early childhood innovators to set goals, share results, and cultivate not only leaders, but also new ideas. The following initiatives are examples of the Center’s active learning communities.

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Community of Practice on Play

What do a researcher, museum leader, community program leader, teacher, and an urban architect all have in common? They’re all committed to tackling one important question: how can we better understand the science of play?

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Executive Leadership Program

As of 2017, the Center has trained more than 300 Brazilian policymakers in the science of early childhood. They now have an active policy learning community.

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Saving Brains

Led by Grand Challenges Canada, Saving Brains seeks to improve outcomes for children living in poverty through programs that nurture and protect brain development in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.

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Washington Cluster

This innovation cluster includes five pilot sites in the state of Washington linked to six university-based researchers and a working group of program directors, managers, and senior advisors from multiple state agencies.

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