Center on the Developing Child

Helping Families and Staff Build Resilience

How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak is a new brief from the Center on the Developing Child Harvard University. Resilience is built over time through experience and has an impact on how we respond to stress and adversity. What can be done to strengthen resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak?… Read more

How Toxic Stress Affects Us

The latest video from Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University looks at the impact of toxic stress on parents. What can be done? There are suggested resources for parents and policy makers to accompany this video.

Early Experiences Affect Children’s Genes

We know that early experiences can have lifelong impacts. Epigenetics, the study of how environmental influences affect gene expression, is beginning to give us an explanation. Here’s a new infographic from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University that shows how epigenetics is related to child development. To learn more, read: Early Experiences… Read more

Understanding Motivation

The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard has created an interesting interactive graphic outlining the brain regions involved in motivation and how they work together. Click the image below to go to the fully interactive graphic. Here are five commonly misunderstood facts about motivation: Motivation comes from a set of neurochemical networks that develop… Read more

Building Core Capabilities for Life

Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute video from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University explores the development… Read more

Building Core Capabilities for Life

Adults need certain skills to get and keep a job, provide responsive care for children, manage a household, and contribute to their community.  Stressful experiences during childhood as well as stressful experiences for adults compromise those skills. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has produced a report Building Core Capabilities for Life:… Read more

Ready4Routines: Building the Skills for Mindful Parenting

Ready4Routines is a project supporting parents as they work with their children to build regular family routines. By focusing on everyday activities such as bedtime and mealtime, it seeks to strengthen executive function skills in adults and children while increasing predictability in young children’s lives. This is a project of the Center on the Developing… Read more

Mental Health in Early Childhood

What are the early signs of mental health problems? What does good mental health look like in a child? How do mental health impairments develop in early childhood? How do we restore stability to a child’s mental health? These questions are addressed in Early Childhood Mental Health, the latest edition in the InBrief series from… Read more

Resilience

Why do some children do well despite significant adversity while others do not? Resilience is a combination of protective factors that enable people to adapt in the face of serious hardship, and is essential to ensuring that children who experience adversity can still become healthy, productive citizens. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard… Read more