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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, 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