January 2021

Monthly updates on the latest content, events, and more from
the Center on the Developing Child

New Podcast Episode

Connecting Health & Learning Part II: The Implications
Science tells us that the early experiences and environments we provide young children make up the foundations of lifelong physical and mental health, but how can we use this science to implement practical strategies and overcome longstanding barriers in the early childhood field? How can we ensure that families' voices are heard when we create policies or programs? 

Derived from the science in our most recent working paper, the newest episode of The Brain Architects podcast addresses these questions and more by exploring the implications of this science for policymakers, systems leaders, care providers, and caregivers.

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Listen to Connecting Health & Learning Part I: The Science

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New InBrief

Understanding the Science of Motivation
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. To ensure that all people have the opportunity to develop motivation to learn, improve skills, and make healthy choices, it's helpful to understand the underlying mechanisms in the brain that develop in childhood and build the foundation for later complex behavior.

This two-page InBrief highlights four key takeaways from Working Paper 14: Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation. It explains in clear language the complex social and biological factors that influence people's motivation and offers implications for policymakers.

Read the InBrief

Innovation in Action

Show+Tell: Early Childhood Innovations with Promise Venture Studios
Register for a first-of-its-kind series of online, interactive events showcasing promising innovations in early childhood development with the potential for scaled impact for children facing the greatest adversities.

Hosted by Promise Venture Studio and in partnership with the Center on the Developing Child and Sesame Workshop, this 90-minute interactive event will offer opportunities to hear and connect with early childhood visionaries from the 2020 Promising Ventures Fellowship and learn about their high-impact, scalable solutions. 

Register now

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

In this live Q&A, Center Director, Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. answers questions about the impact of social distancing and COVID-19 on children and families. 

Watch the full interview

Opportunity for Harvard Students

Deadline Extended for Science and Innovation Fellowship!
Text in block letters reads Science & Innovation Fellowship
The Center on the Developing Child is bringing together a new generation of leaders who will drive innovation that impacts the early childhood field and the lives of children facing adversity. The Science and Innovation Fellowship is open to advanced Harvard University doctoral students whose research aligns with the Center's mission. Browse the Center's Science section to explore topics of interest relevant to our mission. Students from all Harvard schools are eligible to apply. The application for the 2021-2022 academic year is available now. Applications are due by Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T.
Apply now

Media Coverage

Virtual workshops available for Iowa grandparents taking on role of parents
Aberdeen News | January 12, 2021

Racism in Medicine: Through the Eyes of a Child
Harvard Medicine | January 6, 2021

How to remotivate kids for more distance learning
CNN | January 5, 2021
Experts say this is what children need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic
USA Today | December 22, 2020

Resilience — Bouncing back? 
NurseryWorld | December 21, 2020
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