July 2019

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

New Infographic

What We Can Do About Toxic Stress 
Toxic stress is a very serious issue, but it is not the end of the story. Toxic stress doesn't have to lead to negative outcomes. No matter who you are, there are concrete actions you can take to help prevent the effects of toxic stress and support those who have experienced them. 

This new infographic shows how individuals, communities, and policy-makers can lessen the burden of toxic stress.

View the infographic to learn more

Additional Infographics 

Training Opportunity

One-day Introductory Training: Accelerating the Impact of Early Years' Services
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
London, UK
Frontiers of Innovation goes to the UK! Are you an early years practitioner, manager, funder, or commissioner who would like to make a bigger difference in the lives of children and families? Attend the Science-Based Innovation and Adaptation Training, presented by the Dartington Service Design Lab in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University!

Who is the training for? 

The 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. This includes:
  • Early years leaders and practitioners, including program developers
  • Central or local government commissioners or policy-makers
  • Research, academic, and think tank professionals
  • Trusts and foundations supporting early years services

What will this training cover? 

The training will be co-delivered by scientists and service designers from Dartington Service Design Lab and the Center on the Developing Child. The agenda includes:
  • An introduction to three evidence-based principles to create and improve services for children and families
  • How to build a clear, precise, and testable theory of change that pinpoints why, how, and for whom an intervention should work
  • How to design a high-quality program and supporting materials that are grounded in science and can be delivered in the real world
  • How to develop an evaluation plan that allows for rapid-cycle testing, iteration, and improvement
Attendees will leave with new ideas and strategies to: 
  • Identify and build programs with the greatest potential for impact
  • Define and evaluate the effectiveness of services
  • Orientate their program toward impact and reach within a local system

If you are interested in creating or improving an impactful program in your community...

Register now!

2019-2020 Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellows
Emily Hanno: "Early educators and caregivers face many challenges"

Emily Hanno, a Harvard doctoral candidate in education policy and program evaluation, seeks to understand what about coaching interventions works and what doesn’t.

In this interview with the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Hanno discusses the complex role that a caregiver plays in a child's early development. 

Read the interview.

 

Did You Know? 

Center Staff Spotlight

Meet Hannah Barber, a project manager at the Center, who works with the Frontiers of Innovation Transition to Scalability team. Hannah is developing a suite of strategies to support the design of policies and practices using the science of early childhood development. 

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment
working at the Center so far? 

Stay tuned for future newsletters to meet more of our team members whose dedication and passion impact the mission and work of the Center on the Developing Child.

Media Coverage

In this Q&A, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. discusses the psychological effects of detention, the differences in how toddlers and teenagers register trauma, and why kids who appear to have adapted to their circumstances are often at risk of the most serious problems.
This article highlights the work of The JPB Research Network on Toxic Stress, a group of scientists, pediatricians, and community leaders working to break the connection between adversity early in life and negative outcomes later on.
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