March 2019

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

New Guide

What Is Early Childhood Development? A Guide to the Science
Healthy development in the early years of life provides the building blocks for lifelong health, educational achievement, and responsible citizenship. What can we do during this incredibly important period to ensure that children have a strong foundation for future development? 

This guide explains how children develop in their earliest years, why that time period is so important, and the practical ways we can support early childhood development (ECD) and improve outcomes for children and families.  

View the guide to ECD

Additional Science Guides 

Training Opportunity

A one-day training to help programs increase impact for children and families

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET
Cambridge, MA

Do you want to learn how to build better programs that achieve greater outcomes for more young children and families? Attend our Science-Based Innovation Training on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Cambridge, MA! Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis.
What will this training do for me? 
During this one-day training, you will be introduced to the IDEAS Impact Framework, a new approach to program development and evaluation. This framework enables us to go beyond simply asking whether a program works, on average. It helps us understand the specifics of how a program works, for whom it works (and does not work), and in what contexts it works. It enables us to continually learn about and improve programs in order to make a bigger difference in the lives of children and families.
Who should attend? 
This training is ideal for anyone involved in the development, implementation, or evaluation of programs for children and families who is interested in learning how to go beyond the best of what the field has achieved so far. Past participants have come from a wide range of settings, including community-based organizations, non-profits, universities, philanthropic organizations, and policy/systems settings. Among other take-aways, participants have learned how to: 
  • improve the impact of their program 
  • understand the underlying mechanisms of a program by co-creating an evaluation plan with multiple stakeholders
  • redefine how they evaluate program effectiveness
If you are interested in creating or improving an impactful program in your community...
Register now!

Did You Know? 

Related Research

The Science of Self-Regulation

Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review released a special issue focused on self-regulation. Self-regulation and executive functioning skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus our attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Acquiring the early building blocks of these skills is one of the most important tasks of the early childhood years. Center on the Developing Child faculty affiliate Stephanie M. Jones, Ph.D., co-edited the issue, which includes articles written by early childhood experts and other Center affiliates. 

Read the special issue
Articles co-authored by Center on the Developing Child affiliates:
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