MARCH 2014

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Innovation in Action

Innovation in Action

Changing the Focus: Building the Capabilities of Home-Based Child Care Providers

This Innovation in Action interview is the first in a series of portraits planned by the Center that will highlight the innovative, collaborative work occurring in the Frontiers of Innovation community. In this multimedia feature story, FOI member Jessica Sager, the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization All Our Kin, discusses its work in New Haven and Bridgeport, Conn., building the capabilities of women in low-income communities who provide care in their homes for infants and toddlers. FOI member Kia Levey, project director for the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers (MOMS) Partnership—a collaboration of agencies across the city that includes All Our Kin—also discusses the significance of focusing on adults in order to help children facing adversity.

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INTERACTIVE FEATURE

The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care

Four Types of Unresponsive CareUsing science as a guide, this new interactive feature describes four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips featured, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute video InBrief: The Science of Neglect.
 

Updated Working Paper

Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain

Working Paper 3An updated edition of Working Paper 3 from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child is now available on the Center's web site. Incorporating the latest scientific research, "Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain" explains how significant adversity early in life can alter—in a lasting way—a child's capacity to learn and to adapt to stressful situations, how sensitive and responsive caregiving can buffer the effects of such stress, and how policies could be shaped to minimize the disruptive impacts of toxic stress on young children.

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TEDXBEACONSTREET

Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways Out of Poverty

TEDxBeaconStreetBrain science may help break the cycle of poverty, says Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, president and CEO of Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) in Boston. In this video from her appearance at TEDxBeaconStreet, Babcock tells about using a science-informed approach to build executive functioning—the skill set in the brain that includes multi-tasking, self-control, and setting goals. These skills and abilities can be damaged by adverse experiences, including those associated with poverty. Here, Babcock shares the success of CWU coaching models that allow low-income clients to strengthen their vital self-regulatory skills and embark on a course to self-sufficiency.
 

Media Coverage

Shonkoff Interview Highlights "New Science Behind Early Education"

In a recent interview with a Boston public radio station, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff describes why the early stages of development matter for children’s future health and educational success. Calling for innovations in policy and practice to help close the learning (and health) gap, Shonkoff highlights the need to build the capabilities of children’s adult caregivers
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