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Place Matters: An Action Guide for Policy

An Action Guide to complement the new working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explores the influence of the built and natural environments on child development and lifelong health.

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Brain-Building Through Play: Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Children

Through games and playful activities, children can practice and strengthen important executive function skills that will help them throughout their lives, including learning to focus their attention, strengthening their working memory, and developing basic self-control.

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Building Responsive Relationships Remotely

How do we maintain and promote responsive relationships during the coronavirus pandemic? We reached out to care providers and others on the frontline of the early childhood development field to learn how they are building relationships with families from afar. Here are some tips they provided that may help you navigate remote interactions during this time.

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COVID-19 Resources

From child care, to health care, to home-based activities, to policy, find an assortment of links both to Center content, as well as other organizations’ resources that can be of use at this unprecedented time.

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Mejora y Práctica de las Habilidades de Función Ejecutiva con Niños desde la Infancia Hasta la Adolescencia

Las habilidades de función ejecutiva y de autorregulación proporcionan un apoyo decisivo para el aprendizaje y el desarrollo. Al igual que un sistema de control del tránsito aéreo en un aeropuerto concurrido gestiona las llegadas y los despegues de muchos aviones en diversas pistas, las habilidades de función ejecutiva nos permiten retener y trabajar con […]

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Training Module: “Build My Brain”

With lessons on brain architecture and toxic stress, the “Build My Brain” course connects the science of early childhood development to work in early childhood education, public health, and social services.


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Building the Core Skills Youth Need for Life: A Guide for Education and Social Service Practitioners

All youth need to develop a set of core life skills to manage school, work, outside interests, and social relationships successfully. No one is born with these skills, but everyone can learn them through practice.

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Frontiers of Innovation Projects

The Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) portfolio includes projects that are applying the IDEAS Impact Framework and are supported by FOI through ongoing consultation.

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Brain Story Certification Course

The Brain Story Certification course is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health.

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Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: A Guide for Practitioners

This guide for practitioners explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help adults build them.

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Training Module: “Talk With Me Baby”

Learn how to empower and support families so that they can engage in meaningful conversations with their young children and advance their language and lifelong learning. The eight-session “Talk With Me Baby” course is open to the public and available through Cox Campus and Read Right from the Start.

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5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

Serve and return interactions make everyday moments fun and become second nature with practice. By taking small moments during the day to do serve and return, you build up the foundation for children’s lifelong learning, behavior, and health—and their skills for facing life’s challenges.

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MOOC: The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

This online course draws from research in neuroscience, psychology, economics, anthropology, and program implementation and evaluation in order to discuss ECD and explore its role in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Brain Architecture Game

This tabletop board game experience was designed to engage policymakers, community and business leaders, health and education service providers, and government officials in understanding the science of early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society.

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Training Module: Health Care Practitioner Module and Resources

The Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy (CPEIP), working in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), developed these Early Childhood Health Optimization resources for pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and Care Coordinators across the state of Florida. Available free of charge via CPEIP’s website, the resources include an interactive, multimedia module (approximately 52 minutes) and discussion guide introducing practitioners to the science of early childhood development, toxic stress, executive function, resilience, and mental health.

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Vroom is a set of tools and resources from the Bezos Family Foundation designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain building moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines. Vroom was developed with input from early childhood experts, neuroscientists, parents, and community leaders, as well as the Center on the Developing Child.

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Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

In this interactive feature, you will learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges.

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Activities Guide: Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence

This 16-page guide describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of executive function and self-regulation in children.

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Early Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Maker’s Guide

This guide prepares decision-makers to interpret program evaluations using five key questions drawn from rigorous evaluation research.

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