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Stress and Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and What We Can Do About It

In this video, learn more about what toxic stress is, how it can affect you, and what you can do—both by yourself and in connection with your community—to deal with what you’re experiencing. Because even when toxic stress is caused by things you can’t control, like poverty, abuse, or racism, there are still ways both big and small to help you cope.

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Play in Early Childhood: The Role of Play in Any Setting

In this video, learn more about how play can foster children’s resilience to hardship, and how the complex interactions involved when children play help build their brains.

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How-to: 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

This how-to video breaks down serve and return interactions into 5 simple steps and features adults and young children doing each step together.

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How Children and Adults Can Build Core Capabilities for Life

Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation.

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The Case for Science-Based Innovation in Early Childhood

Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., describes the mission of the Center on the Developing Child and its vision for using science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity. As he states in the video: “In this field, where we have made progress—no question, we’ve made […]

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InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health

This video explains how improving children’s early environments can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing later development and mental health.

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InBrief: Resilience Series

These three videos provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children.

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InBrief: How Resilience Is Built

Watch this video to learn how responsive exchanges with adults help children build the skills they need to manage stress and cope with adversity.

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InBrief: The Science of Resilience

Watch this video to visualize the science of resilience, and see how genes and experience interact to produce positive outcomes for children.

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InBrief: What Is Resilience?

Watch this video to learn about the fundamentals of resilience, which is built through interactions between children and their environments.

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InBrief: The Science of Neglect

This 6-minute video explains why significant neglect is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.

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Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change

This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

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InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

This five-minute video explains how executive function skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life.

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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

This 2-minute video explains how toxic stress can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

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Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry

This 2-minute video explains why  “serve and return” interaction between children and significant adults in their lives is one of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain.

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Experiences Build Brain Architecture

This 2-minute video explains how the basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood.

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InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health

This edition of the InBrief series explains why a vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development.

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InBrief: Early Childhood Program Effectiveness

This video from the InBrief series outlines basic concepts from four decades of program evaluation research which help explain how society can ensure that children have a solid foundation for a productive future.

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InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development

This video from the InBrief series outlines basic concepts from the research on the biology of stress which show that major adversity can weaken developing brain architecture.

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InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development

This video from the InBrief series addresses basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research.

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