Early childhood is a time of both great promise and considerable risk. Assuring the availability of responsive relationships, growth promoting experiences, and healthy environments for all young children helps build sturdy brain architecture and the foundations of resilience. Significant disadvantages, meanwhile, can disrupt the developmental process and lead to limited economic and social mobility that threatens the vitality, productivity, and sustainability of society.
The frontiers of 21st-century science are a relatively untapped source of new ideas that could be used to address such threats by catalyzing more effective policies and services focused on the early years of life. The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.