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Cohen, Steven D. – Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2017
The science of child development and the core capabilities of adults point to a set of "design principles" that policymakers and practitioners in many different sectors can use to improve outcomes for children and families. That is, to be maximally effective, policies and services should: (1) support responsive relationships for children…
Descriptors: Brain, Child Development, Outcomes of Education, Children
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2016
The creation of this document has been driven by an intensive review process by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs to assure the credibility of its scientific content. Over the past 12 years, the Council's ongoing work to bring science to bear on public policies for…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Public Policy, Child Development, Young Children
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2016
Adults need certain capabilities to get and keep a job, provide responsive care for children, manage a household, and contribute productively to the community. When these skills have not developed as they should, or are compromised by the stresses of poverty or other ongoing adversity, our communities pay the price. But where do these capabilities…
Descriptors: Adults, Skill Development, Job Skills, Parenting Skills
Cohen, Steven D. – Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2016
How can we use insights from cutting-edge science to improve the well-being and long-term life prospects of the most vulnerable children in our society? This is both a critical challenge and a powerful opportunity to affect the trajectories of millions of children in the United States and around the world. It is a question of particular importance…
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Welfare, Welfare Services, Evidence Based Practice
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2016
These are the key findings from the "From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts: A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young Children and Families". Early childhood is a time of great promise and rapid change, when the architecture of the developing brain is most open to the influences of relationships and…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Child Development, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Young Children
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2015
Science shows that children who do well despite serious hardship have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. These relationships buffer children from developmental disruption and help them develop "resilience," or the set of skills needed to respond to adversity and thrive. This working paper from the…
Descriptors: Social Environment, Environmental Influences, Resilience (Psychology), Child Development
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2014
For the past decade, a diverse group of distinguished scientists has worked to translate complex research about early brain development into language that is scientifically accurate, highly credible, understandable to nonscientists, and useful to public decision makers. Across the United States and around the world, in both public and private…
Descriptors: Child Development, National Organizations, Science and Society, Brain
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2007
This report combines neuroscience, child development research, and program evaluation data to better inform policymakers' decisions about investing in and supporting existing early childhood programs. Core child development concepts highlight the importance of early experiences on the development of brain architecture and, in turn, future…
Descriptors: Young Children, Child Development, Neurological Organization, Brain