System Design: Applying 21st Century Science to Improve Outcomes for Children
Twenty-first century science tells us that providing very young children with the supportive relationships and conditions they need for healthy development has life-long positive effects on learning, behavior, and health. Educators and systems leaders involved in early learning and care know that early childhood is the ideal time to create environments that build healthy brain architecture. How can everyone in the early childhood ecosystem foster the conditions that will achieve greater impacts on the development of children and the lives of families facing chronic adversity? In this Let’s Talk, learn about the science of early childhood development. Facilitators also guide participants through a decision matrix that sparks analysis of how a current practice or policy priority does or does not align with the science.
View the resources below:
- Webinar recording
- Experiences Build Brain Architecture: This 2-minute video provides an overview of the importance of relationships and experience in a child’s life in building strong brain architecture.
- Serve and Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry: This 2-minute video provides an overview of one of the most essential experiences that can shape brain architecture, ‘serve and return interactions’.
- Toxic Stress Derails Development: This 2-minute video provides a brief overview of the impact of toxic stress on the development of architecture in the developing brain, with long term consequences for learning, behavior and both physical and mental health.
- How Children and Adults Can Build Core Capabilities for Life: This 5-minute video explores the development and use of core capabilities—known as executive function and self-regulation skills—from early childhood into adolescence and adulthood.