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.

Upcoming Events

06/05/18 to 06/06/18 2018 WA State Fatherhood Summit

Washington State’s Frontiers of Innovation partnership with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has been a catalyst in helping us use early brain science in transforming state policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable families with young children. Dr. Shonkoff’s leadership and compelling voice around emerging science challenges us to do the right thing for the next generation.

-- Washington State Representative Ruth Kagi, 32nd Legislative District