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The Science of Resilience

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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Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience

This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains how supportive relationships with adults help children develop “resilience,” or the set of skills needed to respond to adversity and thrive.

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The Science of Resilience InBrief

InBrief: The Science of Resilience

This brief summarizes the science of resilience and explains why understanding it will help us design policies and programs that enable more children to reach their full potential.

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From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts

This report synthesizes 15 years of dramatic advances in the science of early childhood and early brain development, analyzes evidence generated by 50 years of program evaluation research, and presents a framework for driving science-based innovation in early childhood policy and practice.

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The Brain Architects Podcast: IDEAS Impact Framework Toolkit

This episode of the Brain Architects podcast features highlights from a webinar we hosted earlier in the year about the recently released IDEAS Impact Framework Toolkit—a free online resource designed to help innovators in the field of early childhood build improved programs and products that are positioned to achieve greater impact in their communities.

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The Brain Architects Podcast: Building Resilience Through Play

These days, resilience is needed more than ever, and one simple, underrecognized way of supporting healthy and resilient child development is as old as humanity itself: play.

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PBS NewsHour Q&A: Childhood Trauma and COVID-19

Center Director, Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. answers questions from PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham and viewers about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the long period of social distancing is affecting children and families.

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2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit

As a keynote speaker at the 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. presents on “Leveraging the Science of Adversity and Resilience to Generate Greater Impacts on ‘Whole Child’ Development.”

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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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The Brain Architects Podcast: Serve and Return: Supporting the Foundation

What is “serve and return”? What does it mean to have a “responsive relationship” with a child? How do responsive relationships support healthy brain development? And what can parents and caregivers do in their day-to-day lives to build these sorts of relationships? This episode of The Brain Architects podcast addresses all these questions and more! […]

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The Brain Architects Podcast: Toxic Stress: Protecting the Foundation

What is toxic stress? What effects can it have on a child’s body and development, and how can those effects be prevented? What does it mean to build resilience? This episode of The Brain Architects explores what “toxic stress” means, and what we can do about it. Host Sally Pfitzer is once again joined by […]

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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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What We Can Do About Toxic Stress

Making sure every community has the resources to foster a strong support system is one of the ways we can help to promote resilience, as well as prevent the potentially harmful effects of toxic stress. Those who’ve experienced toxic stress know best the toll it can take on the body and brain. But experiencing it is never the whole story. There are many supports that can help ease the burden and prevent toxic stress from leading to bad outcomes.

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Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation

A healthy, engaged community depends on people achieving to the best of their potential, contributing actively to the economy and public well-being, and helping the next generation to thrive. A complex set of intertwined social and biological factors influences people’s motivation to participate actively and productively in schools, jobs, and communities–and to persevere in the […]

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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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8 Things to Remember about Child Development

In this important list, featured in the From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts report, the Center on the Developing Child sets the record straight about some aspects of early child development.

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Why Do Some Children Respond to an Intervention and Others Don’t?

In this science talk, Nathan A. Fox talks about the limitations of traditional early childhood intervention studies, which examine the effects of programs on large groups of children with the hope that one size fits all.

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Child Development Core Story

This educational video series on the importance of the early years was created by the Project for Babies, a former initiative of the University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development.

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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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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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