Excellence and Equity in the Early Childhood Field

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As I explored the Harvard University’s “Global Children’s Initiative” website (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010), I learned that Brazil is working toward building a “scientific community around early childhood development. NCPI is convening an interdisciplinary group of Brazilian scholars to guide the synthesis and application of scientific knowledge about child development to policy making and practice in Brazil. It is also fostering collaboration among Harvard and Brazilian researchers, including publication of a working paper series (in Portuguese). Translating scientific knowledge for application to social policy, and strengthening leadership around early childhood development through an executive leadership course for policymakers” (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010). It is amazing to realize that Brazil is taking an active role in bringing early childhood education into their communities.

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In Canada, “the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) shares our strong belief in the power of translating the science of child development to inform public policy (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010). This center works toward fulfilling “Two key mandates:

  1. supporting research in early brain and biological development, mental health, and addiction, and
  2. translating that research for policy makers, healthcare communities, and the general public.”

(Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010)

The http://www.albertafamilywellness.org is a wonderful resource that has a wealth of knowledge on brain story resources. You also can receive credits for taking this free training. It consists of Brain story certification which is “an in-depth course for professionals interested in the scientific underpinnings of the Brain Story.

  • 30 hours of instruction time
  • Videos of over 30 leading experts in neurobiology and mental health
  • Certification in Brain Story science

Brain Story Certification is a course endorsed by our Curriculum Committee. For a detailed description of the course contents, download the course outline . (Retrieved from, http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/training)


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In Mexico, they have developed “A series of parallel workshops for young pregnant women and their mothers or mothers-in law that seeks to strengthen the relationship between them and build a supportive caregiving environment for infants.”

They also have a program calledPadres Muy Padres (Very Cool Dads: which teaches a combination of coaching sessions and educational podcasts that collectively prepare low-income working fathers to take a more active role in childrearing during infancy (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010).

“In Mexico, U-ERRE had recognized the value in establishing a centralized early childhood hub and considered an innovation agenda to be a critical component of that effort. In the months leading up to the project’s launch, the Center worked closely with the Aceleradora’s leadership team to survey the local ECD landscape and identify the individuals and organizations best suited to take on a science-based innovation agenda” (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2010).

As I learned about this global initiative to work on developing policies and programs in the early childhood field to help children and families in their communities. I was impressed with the wealth of knowledge and education that went into this global children’s initiative and I encourage all early childhood educators to take the time to explore this website. Have a marvelous week!



Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. (2010). Global children’s

initiative. Retrieved from http://developingchild.harvard.edu/about/what-we-do/global-work.


8 thoughts on “Excellence and Equity in the Early Childhood Field

    1. Hello Kristin,
      Thank you for responding to my blog. You are so right getting fathers involved in their child’s early childhood programs is amazing. I love seeing fathers in my class come in and volunteer. The children all get so excited. Have a marvelous week!


  1. Hello Tammy,
    I did the same area as you. I was very enthused about the work happening in Brazil as well. The initiatives are very encouraging and auger well for what we may be able to accomplish through effective partnerships across the world for our children. Great job.


    1. Hello Tami,
      Thank you for responding to my blog. Isn’t it amazing the initiatives going on in Brazil. It makes me so happy that early childhood is becoming important throughout the world. Have an amazing week!


  2. Hello Tammy,
    I too did the same topic and found it fascinating. It is very encouraging to see the work that is being done and augers well for what we can achieve on the behalf of our children worldwide once we share information and new insights. Great job.


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