Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., describes the mission of the Center on the Developing Child and its vision for using science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity.
Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.
Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an adaptive response to serious hardship. A better understanding of why some children do well despite early adversity is important because it can help us design policies and programs that help more children reach their full potential. These three videos provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children.
This series offers short summaries of essential findings from recent scientific publications and presentations by the Center on the Developing Child. Each brief is made available in print and in video format.
Several videos from the Center's InBrief series are also available in Spanish. The translations of these videos were made possible with major support from the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Super Cerebro is the Spanish translation of Brain Hero, a three-minute video depicting how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child's development. The translation of this video was made possible with major support from Lincos.