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Heat: An Action Guide for Policy

An Action Guide to complement the new working paper from the Early Childhood Scientific Council on Equity and the Environment explores how extreme heat can affect young children’s biological systems and disrupt development, as well as the many ways it can amplify the effects of systemic inequities.

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Extreme Heat Affects Early Childhood Development and Health

This working paper from the Early Childhood Scientific Council on Equity and the Environment (ECSCEE) summarizes the current knowledge on how heat impacts the development of biological systems. It’s the first in a series from ECSCEE focusing on the ways that environmental conditions shape young children’s development.

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A World of Differences: The Science of Human Variation Can Drive Early Childhood Policies and Programs to Bigger Impacts

This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child examines the role of within-group variation and between-group differences in how children develop, and it highlights the importance of addressing both kinds of variation in supporting the healthy development of young children.

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The Brain Architects Podcast: Extreme Heat & Early Childhood Development: A Discussion on Rising Temperatures and Strategies for Supporting Development and Lifelong Health

In April 2024, we hosted a webinar where we explored the science from our latest working paper, Extreme Heat Affects Early Childhood Development and Health. The Center’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Lindsey Burghardt, joined by Dr. Kari Nadeau, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, brought the latest research and insights from the field to discuss the intersection of heat, early childhood development, and health equity. They also discussed actionable solutions to benefit children, caregivers, and communities now and in the future.  The webinar discussion has been adapted for this episode of the Brain Architects podcast.

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