April 2019

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

New Infographic

What is executive function? And how does it relate to child development? 
Executive function and self-regulation skills help us manage information, make decisions, and plan ahead. We need these skills at every stage of life, and, while no one is born with them, nearly all of us are born with the potential to develop them. But, how do we do that? 

To understand more about executive function skills and why it's important to develop these skills during early childhood, check out this new infographic

View the executive function infographic

Additional Infographics

Award & Recognition

Center Director receives 2019 LEGO Prize
The LEGO Foundation awarded Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., with the 2019 LEGO Prize for his work revolutionizing the field of early childhood development. The LEGO Prize is awarded to individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of children and champion learning through play. 

"I'm deeply honored to receive this year's LEGO Prize and humbled to be included among its long history of worthy recipients," Dr. Shonkoff said of the honor. "The LEGO Foundation is shining a bright light on the wide range of skills that young children build through play and the importance of unlocking the power of parenting to nurture that development around the world. I'm excited to be a fellow traveler on that compelling journey." 

View the 2019 LEGO Prize video

Did You Know? 

Exciting Opportunities 

How can we build stronger programs to achieve better outcomes for more children and families? Join us for a one-day training on the IDEAS Impact Framework, a new approach to program development and evaluation. 
Register now!

Building Adult Capabilities: Request for Proposal

The Center on the Developing Child and Children's Home Society of America are jointly sponsoring a request for proposal (RFP)* to find new and exciting interventions focused on building adult core life skills. The RFP will launch in the next few weeks. Sign up below for more information. 
*As Children's Home Society of America only operates in the U.S., this RFP is for U.S.-based groups or organizations only.
Receive information about the RFP

Promising Ventures Fellowship
A new accelerator program designed to meet the unique needs of social entrepreneurs in early childhood development  

For 12 weeks this summer, Promise Fellows will benefit from the full support of the Promise Venture Studio team and the strength of its network and expertise to carve a clearer and faster path toward social impact and growth. 

The Center on the Developing Child is partnering with Promise to support selected Fellows with impact advising and priority access to seed grants to achieve social impact goals. 

Deadline for applications is April 30th. Contact team@promisestudio.org with questions. 
Apply now!

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