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Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Discusses the science of early childhood development, the impact of early adversity on children’s development, and the effectiveness of early childhood programs, among other topics. The Center on the Developing Child produces a range of tools, resources, and videos related to children’s well-being, including briefs that summarize findings from the latest scientific publications and presentations for the public.

How to Talk About Children’s Mental Health: A FrameWorks Message Memo

Reports on research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute from 2008 to 2010 on how Americans think about children’s mental health. It provides advocates and experts with a communications map for improving public understanding of children’s mental health and the value of solutions that scientists and policy leaders seek to advance.

Family Involvement in Child-Serving Systems and the Need for Cross-Systems Collaboration

Reviews what has been accomplished to date in the development of the “family voice” in all the child-serving systems—not just the substance abuse system but also the systems of mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, trauma support, education, and primary care. It also includes recommendations to create true cross-systems collaboration supporting family involvement so that youth and their families can fully access the services and supports they need to obtain and maintain optimum health.

Solving the Data Puzzle: A How to Guide on Collecting and Sharing Information to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children in Out-of-Home Care

Provides simple checklists to guide each agency in: (1) defining their data collection and sharing goals; (2) defining the population they will track; (3) assessing their current and desired information-sharing; and (4) assessing their current and desired data collection.

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