July 2020

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

New Fellows

Introducing the 2020-2021 Science and Innovation Fellows
The Center is thrilled to announce that four Harvard doctoral students have been awarded the 2020-2021 Science and Innovation Fellowship. Over the past 13 years, this fellowship program has supported 53 emerging scholars whose research is focused on a range of factors that can affect early childhood development, with a view to finding novel solutions to persistent challenges. 
Jorge Cuartas is examining disparities in child development and parenting practices in global contexts, and the effects of corporal punishment on children's neural, cognitive, and socioemotional development.
Rosa Guzman Turco is evaluating the intersection between language, literacy, and technology to understand how technology is shaping children's literacy and language development.
Michelle Lee is exploring the barriers and strategies in accessing and engaging in early intervention programs and services among families experiencing homelessness.
Christine Junhui Liu is examining the impact of early sound and language on child development to help children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Read the fellows' full bios

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In case you missed it...

Working Paper
Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined


This Working Paper examines how developing biological systems in the body interact with each other and adapt to the contexts in which a child is developing—for better or for worse—with lifelong consequences for physical and mental health. 

Read the paper

Media Coverage

How should schools reopen? Pediatricians offer these guidelines  
PBS NewsHour | July 2, 2020
What Happens When Kids Don't See Their Peers for Months
The Atlantic | June 24, 2020
30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact
The Atlantic | June 23, 2020
Worried About Your Kids' Social Skills Post-Lockdown?
The New York Times | June 18, 2020

Get Involved

The 2020 Promising Ventures Fellowship Program application is open and the deadline to apply is Thursday, July 30th. This is a no-cost, 12-week accelerator program in the fall for social entrepreneurs in early childhood development. 

The Center, along with Sesame Workshop, will partner with Promise to provide content expertise. It's a great opportunity—it's even endorsed by Sesame Street's Super Grover! 
Apply now!

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