Learning Communities in Action

Rapid, breakthrough change cannot happen in the field of early childhood unless people, organizations, and systems learn from each other’s successes and failures. This requires a platform for asking and answering questions such as: which interventions work for which populations and why? The Center on the Developing Child facilitates the development of learning communities that provide the means for early childhood innovators to set goals, share results, and cultivate not only leaders, but also new ideas. The following initiatives are examples of the Center’s active learning communities.

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Saving Brains

A partnership led by Grand Challenges Canada, Saving Brains seeks to improve outcomes for children living in poverty through interventions that nurture and protect early brain development in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The Center is part of team that supports a dynamic learning community of Saving Brains innovators to help them advance the impact and scale of their work in countries around the world.

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Executive Leadership Program

As of 2017, the Center has trained more than 300 Brazilian policymakers in the science of early childhood. They now have an active policy learning community.

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Washington Cluster

Among our initial cohort of innovation clusters, a network of pilot sites in the state of Washington represents the leading edge. This collaboration includes five program sites linked to six university-based researchers and a working group of program directors, managers, and senior advisors across multiple state agencies.

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Latin American Innovation Clusters

The Center and its partners in Latin America launched two innovation clusters in the region in 2015: the Aceleradora de Innovación para la Primera Infancia in Mexico and the iLab Primeira Infância in Brazil.

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