InBrief: The Science of Neglect


InBrief: The Science of Neglect

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect can cause more lasting harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. A new 6-minute video from the National Scientific Council on the Developing ChildInBrief: The Science of Neglect, explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.


Pushing Toward Breakthroughs: Using Innovative Practice to Address Toxic Stress

A new article in the multi-part series entitled, “Tackling Toxic Stress” is now available on the Center's web site. This final installment describes how a small but growing group of forward-thinking social service practitioners are using the expanding scientific evidence about the long-term, damaging effects of toxic stress to try innovative approaches that target its root causes and could lead to breakthroughs in the effectiveness of interventions—for both children and their caregivers.

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Driving Science-Based Innovation in Policy and Practice: A Logic Model

A new, narrated interactive feature
presents a logic model showing how policies and programs that strengthen specific kinds of caregiver and community capacities can build the foundations of healthy development. These support beneficial biological adaptations in the brain and other organ systems, which lead to positive outcomes in health and development across the lifespan.

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Education Nation Presentation Available for Viewing

Education NationPhilip A. Fisher, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child and a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, recently presented at NBC News' Education Nation Summit in New York City. His talk, "Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity," explains why positive, reciprocal interactions between caregivers and children can have enormous positive effects on children’s development and lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.
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Building Adult Capabilities Video Now Available in Portuguese
The Portuguese translation of Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change is now available on the Center's web site. This video has been translated and adapted for a Brazilian audience as part of the Center's collaboration with local experts to use the science of child health and development to guide decisions about policies and investments to benefit young children and their families in Brazil.

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