Science Fact

Science tells us that serve and return interactions are essential to the development of brain architecture. When adults interact with children in a caring, responsive way, they help build and reinforce neural connections in a child’s brain that support the development of important cognitive, social, and language skills.

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND)

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Washington Frontiers of Innovation

Washington Frontiers of Innovation (WA FOI) is a partnership established in 2011 between The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and Washington State stakeholders.  WA FOI develops, tests, and refines program level and system and policy level science-based portfolios of activities targeting improved outcomes for at risk and vulnerable children, youth and families.  Our aim is to re-envision early childhood investment to stimulate creativity and support experimentation in order to produce significant, population-level change.

LI2 Fall Event

Please Join Us October 18th for the second full day “learn and do” session to learn tools that can help communities’ better tell their data story to policy leaders!

The National Consulting and Technical Assistance Team from Mathematica will return to do a brief overview of the Learn, Innovate, Improve LI2 (link to brief) with a deep dive into the Improve Phase. Your community will have a chance to build a pilot around something you are already planning to do around families with high stress. We will have state agency voices in the room to co-generate ideas so that local plans benefit from state policy opportunity.

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Science tells us that we need to protect young brains from adversity to help them thrive in school and life. Working together toward our goal of reducing poverty in Washington State by 50% by 2025 allows us to create an upward spiral of possibilities to help ensure every child is able to achieve their full human potential.

-- David Stillman, Assistant Secretary for the Department of Social & Health Services Economic Services Administration