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Caregiver Handouts: Games and Activities that Build Brains and Executive Function Skills

Here you’ll find handouts with suggestions for games and activities to do with children of different ages. They can be shared at well child visits or when caregivers are looking for support with behavior. These activities can promote child-caregiver bonding, executive function skills, and build children’s brains through play.
Caregiver Handouts: Games and Activities that Build Brains and Executive Function Skills
Staying Active for Caregivers Handout Value of Routines for Caregivers Handout 100 Ways to Bond with your Child Handout Positive Parenting Handout
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Early Brain and Child Development 101: Why Peekaboo Matters

For Medical Students and Residents  In medical school, we learn the science behind health and disease. How do nephrons filter blood that runs through the network of capillaries in the glomerulus, and what disease occurs when that process goes awry? How do myocytes conduct electricity, and how do aberrations in…
Early Brain and Child Development 101: Why Peekaboo Matters
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Executive Function: Information for Providers

This handout helps explain what executive function skills are, why they are important and how supporting their development can promote healthy child and adolescent development.
Executive Function: Information for Providers
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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Increasing attention is being placed in the medical and public space on the mental health of infants and young children. Among mental health providers, infant mental health generally refers to children 3 years of age and younger, while early childhood mental health refers to children ages 3-5. This contrasts…
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
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How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the Covid-19 Outbreak

What can we do to build up and strengthen resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak? How can we build resilience to plan ahead for future times of crisis? This resource, with practical tips and suggestions for providers looking to support caregivers and each other, presents three science-based ways that we can…
How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the Covid-19 Outbreak
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How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers…
How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
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A Guide to Toxic Stress

This area of the website for the Center on the Developing Child provides a collection of resources for understanding toxic stress and resilience. A Guide to Toxic Stress…
A Guide to Toxic Stress
Third Party Link

A Guide to Serve and Return: How Your Interaction with Children Can Build Brains

This page contains a collection of resources about the concept of “serve and return” interactions. It includes an introduction to the basics of serve and return and the science behind it and includes videos that can be shared with caregivers about how serve and return interactions build brains. For…
A Guide to Serve and Return: How Your Interaction with Children Can Build Brains
Key Concepts: Brain Architecture Building Core Capabilities for Life
Third Party Link

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change…
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change
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InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health

This brief summarizes essential scientific findings from the Center publications, “The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood”.
InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health
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The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood 

This report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs explains how the earliest years lay the groundwork for lifelong health. When children have positive early experiences, they strengthen their developing biological systems and are more likely to thrive and become…
The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood 
From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts
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Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children

This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs examines why addressing the consequences of serious depression in parents and caregivers could support the future prosperity and well-being of both children and society as a whole.
Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children
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Strategies for Effectively Communicating about Toxic Stress

This guide from the Frameworks Institute provides suggestions on how to frame conversations with caregivers who may have experienced toxic stress themselves.  It makes 5 key framing suggestions that can help providers to highlight resilience, reduce caregiver guilt and raise the public health nature of the problem of toxic stress.
Strategies for Effectively Communicating about Toxic Stress
InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development Moving Upstream: Confronting Racism to Open Up Children’s Potential The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health