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Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Center on the Developing Child (The Center) drives science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Through their research and development platform, Frontiers of Innovation, they design, test, and implement new ideas. The goal is transformational impacts on lifelong learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

  • The Center’s top priority for is to shift mindsets about early childhood investment in a post-pandemic world to an understanding that investing in early childhood is investing in lifelong health as well as early learning. Drawing on the rapidly growing science of adversity and resilience-including continuing advances in brain research-this conversation can inform more effective strategies for preventing the physiological disruptions that lead to problems in early learning, social-emotional development, and both physical and mental health. To do this, it will create, disseminate, and promote new communication products and strategies, including presentations, media, and policy briefings, all fed by the content in its recently released Working Paper 15: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body, as well as partner with a range of organizations with access to key target audiences. Discussions are scheduled with NGA, NCSL, and others.