Resources and Research

Learn the science behind early brain development and top resources for implementing policies and prioritizing early learning.

The Project for Babies

University of Minnesota

Video: The Importance of the Early Years - Brain Architecture, Serve and Return, Stress, Pay Now or Pay Later

The Project for Babies created an educational video, divided into four parts, that focus on the Importance of the Early Years. The video features Regents Professor Megan Gunnar, a Vroom Scientific Adviser and Director of the Institute for Child Development. To learn more about the Project for Babies, click this link.

Part 1: Brain Architecture

Part 2: Serve and Return

Part 3: Stress

Part 4: Pay Now or Pay Later

A Window To The World

ZERO TO THREE, 2011

Early Language and Literacy Development Policy Recommendations

This document provides research and policy recommendations for early language and literacy development.

Click to download: pdf

Early Steps to School Success (ESSS)

Save the Children

Since 2006 Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) has been providing parent/caregiver...

Since 2006 Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) has been providing parent/caregiver education and support, home visiting and pre-literacy and language development services for parents and caregivers in rural, geographically isolated communities.

Click to download: pdf

New Zero to Three Policy Center Resources

ZERO TO THREE, 2014

New tools for Home Visiting and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has released to new resources:

Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool for U.S. States and Other Jurisdictions. Read more.

The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Smart Investments Build Strong Systems for Young Children. Read more.

For more information about ZERO TO THREE, click here.

 

Start Early to Build a Healthy Future

Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2014

Start Early To Build A Healthy Future: The Research LInking Early Learning and Health

This report summarizes the latest research on what children need to get a healthy start at life. Read more.

 

Innocenti Report Card 11

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), April 2013

Innocenti Report Card 11: Child well-being in rich countries - A comparative overview

This three part report looks at what children say about their well-being, changes in child well-being in advanced economies, and a league table of child well-being in 29 economies. Read more.

 

New GLobal Development Goal

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

A New Global Development Goal for the World's Youngest Children

Learn more about a proposed new goal, supported by a growing number in the global early childhood community: "Reduce by half the number of children under five who fail to reach their developmental potential." Read more.

Infant & Child Care Initaitive

Office of Child Care Technical Assistance Network, April 2010

Relationships: The Heart of Development and Learning - National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative

Relationships: The Heart of Development and Learning is one of three infant/toddler modules for early childhood consultants. Read more.

 

King County Early Learning Symposium

YouTube, Vroom - January 12, 2015

On January 7, 2015, the King County Early Learning Symposium brought together 350+ representatives from the public, private, non-profit and advocacy sectors throughout King County...

On January 7, 2015, the King County Early Learning Symposium brought together 350+ representatives from the public, private, non-profit and advocacy sectors throughout King County, Washington to support a commitment to making all children, starting at birth, a clear and unmistakable county-wide priority.

Guest: State lawmakers have to get it right on funding education

The Seattle Times - January 12, 2015

We have thousands of good paying jobs for those with the right skills, but as a state we tend to...

We have thousands of good paying jobs for those with the right skills, but as a state we tend to import talent at such high rates, the good jobs frequently go to the well-educated from elsewhere. Read more.

Editorial: Early education’s promise needs funding

The Seattle Times - January 12, 2015

Lawmakers say that early education is a wise investment...

Lawmakers say that early education is a wise investment to ensure long-term student achievement, but will they boost funding in the next legislative session? Read more.

White House Playbook for Becoming an Early Learning Community

A step-by-step guide on to support state, local and tribal officials in support of early learning.

From funding resources, to case-studies, to strategy and talking points, this to a multi-step guide to gearing communities toward an early learning success.

Click to download: pdf

Guide: The Let’s Move! Resource for Municipal and County Leaders

Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties

This guide is a comprehensive resource for your LMCTC...

This guide is a comprehensive resource for your LMCTC from getting started with LMCTC, to designing an action plan, and resources to support local efforts. Download the guide.

Budgeting: Oregon Budget Prioritizes Education and Early Learning

Budget Prioritizes Education and Early Learning

Governor Kitzhaber followed the evidence on early learning by proposing a $440 million...

Governor Kitzhaber followed the evidence on early learning by proposing a $440 million investment in children birth to third grade, including $135 million for early learning. Read more.

Article: Early childhood education advocates seeks business support

The Roanoke Times

A community’s efforts to enhance early learning and build a vibrant workforce.

A community’s efforts to enhance early learning and build a vibrant workforce. Read the article.

Policy: Early Childhood and Cities

National League of Cities & Institute of Youth, Education and Families

By improving access to high-quality child care and early education, cities can ensure that every child enters school...

By improving access to high-quality child care and early education, cities can ensure that every child enters school ready to learn, support working parents with young children, reduce educational and economic disparities, and strengthen their city's future workforce. Learn more.

Report: Innovations in Educational Alignment for Young Children (2012)

National League of Cities & Institute of Youth, Education, and Families

A set of case studies published by the YEF Institute highlights an emerging city strategy for ensuring...

A set of case studies published by the YEF Institute highlights an emerging city strategy for ensuring that more young children are poised for educational success: the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. Download the report.

Report: Promising City Efforts to Help Young Children Succeed (2008)

National League of Cities & Institute for Youth, Education, and Families

A Report on the Cities Supporting Parents of Young Children Project...

A Report on the Cities Supporting Parents of Young Children Project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Freddie Mac Foundation. Download the report.

Measurement: Global Efforts to Make Early Learning a Priority

The Brookings Institution

From the Brookings blog on the intersection of global education...

From the Brookings blog on the intersection of global education, learning and development by scholars from the Center for Universal Education. View article.

Tool: Kids Count Data Center

Kids Count Data Center from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The latest Kids Count data on child and family well-being in the US

The latest Kids Count data on child and family well-being in the US. Learn more.

Podcast: How parents respond to their infants’ babbling sounds may boost their language skills

How parents respond to their infants’ babbling sounds may boost their language skills

How parents respond to their infants’ babbling sounds may boost their language skills.

How parents respond to their infants’ babbling sounds may boost their language skills. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Article: Time to Focus on the World’s Youngest Children

Joan Lombardi

Time to Focus on the World’s Youngest Children

From Kampala to Kingston; Delhi to Denver; and São Paulo to Santiago, giving children a strong start in life is critical to not only the growth and development of individuals, but also the growth and development of nations. Read full article.

Pittsburgh Mayor Proposes Early Childhood Education Task Force

Office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

Mayor William Peduto names a Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education to help the city seek funding for a preschool development grant program the White House announced in the Hill District in August 2014. Click to read official press release.

Mayor William Peduto names a Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education to help the city seek funding for a preschool development grant program the White House announced in the Hill District in August 2014. Click to read official press release.

Seattle Mayor proposes Department of Education and Early Learning

Office of Seattle Mayor Ed Mayor

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveils plan to reorganize the city's education and support programs into a new Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL). View the official press release.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveils plan to reorganize the city's education and support programs into a new Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL). View the official press release.

How Young Brains Are Built

WA Department of Early Learning

Building Brain Architecture: The Foundations of Lifelong Learning, Health and Achievement

From lawmakers to early learning professionals, this module provides a basic level of information to everyone who makes decisions about or works with young children and families about how young brains are built. Please share the module within your community/agency.

Click Here For the Interactive Module

TED - How Babies Learn

TED

Dr. Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn.

Dr. Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn. Dr. Kuhl is co-director of the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington in Seattle.

http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies

Too Small to Fail

President Obama

Congratulations ‘Too Small to Fail’ on this important video message from President Obama.

Congratulations ‘Too Small to Fail’ on this important video message from President Obama. All of us are working to build an Early Learning Nation benefiting every child. Thank you!

 

Brain Hero Video

Harvard University

Following a two-year collaboration with the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University...

Following a two-year collaboration with the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California to develop and test new ways of communicating the science of early childhood development, the Center on the Developing Child has released the collaboration’s first product, “Brain Hero.” The three-minute video depicts how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child’s development. Based loosely on such games as "Guitar Hero," "SimCity," and "The Game of Life," the video adapts the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format and portrays how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can influence life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community.

This collaboration, now between the Harvard Center and USC’s newly launched Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center will continue joint work on the creation and dissemination of innovative storytelling products designed to inform the public discourse around policies and practices that support healthy brain development during childhood.

View all multimedia from the Center >>

Neuroscience Videos

Harvard University

Harvard Center on the Developing Child presents a crash course in early childhood neuroscience...

A crash course in early childhood neuroscience, these videos from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child illustrate three core concepts in early childhood.

Brain Power

Tiffany Shlain: Moxie Institute

Early brain development comes to life in this engaging film created by Tiffany Shlain...

Early brain development comes to life in this engaging film created by Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Moxie Institute. Moxie will create a personalized ending to this film for use by you, or your organization. Details at the end.

Brain Science

University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science

In this talk, Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science...

In this talk, Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science, unlocks the mysteries of the developing brain. Click here for Dr. Kuhl’s Education Nation talk.

Vroom

Learn what can parents and communities do to influence children’s development...

What can parents and communities do to influence children’s development? Click here to learn about Vroom, an initiative now being piloted in Southwest King County outside of Seattle, which takes the science of early childhood and puts it into the hands of parents and caregivers. The goal is to help all parents become brain builders. 

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Interview

From WNYC Radio

Award-winning National Public Radio journalist, John Hockenberry interviews Secretary of Education...

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Award-winning National Public Radio journalist, John Hockenberry interviews Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a national commitment to building an early learning nation.

Listen to the interview on WNYC's Website

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