In exploring Harvard’s “Global Children’s Initiative” website, I learned that a highly effective collaborative organization called the Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância (NCPI) exists in Brazil to foster an early childhood-centered, science-driven movement. This organization accomplishes this goal continually “through training Brazilian policy makers on how to apply developmental science to inform programs and policies” (Harvard University, 2017).
Secondly, I watched a video entitled “Brain Builders” that was created by The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) of Canada. This video was very visually engaging and gave a wonderful four minute presentation on the importance of how nurturing relationships, healthy activities, and intentional best practices can seriously influence the architecture of a child’s brain. This video projects a sense of urgency that teachers, families, and communities heed this advice—and its warnings—to help facilitate healthy and early development in children. I would highly recommend this short video.
Lastly, I learned of a partnership directed by Grand Challenges Canada, “Saving Brains” that seeks to better the end-game for children living in poverty via targeted interventions that aim to support and safeguard early brain development in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life (Grand Challenges Canada, 2017). I was drawn to this organization’s mission of proactively tackling potential issues related to socioeconomics as they pertain to a child’s brain development beginning the very first day of their lives.
It was humbling to look into this website and research the organizations it partners with. I think it can get really easy to become overwhelmed or bogged down by the immense task of facilitating healthy child development and providing all this entails on a daily basis to the children whose lives we effect on a daily basis. It is humbling and affirming to know that there are groups and organizations doing this good work on much bigger scales on a daily basis to advocate for children.
Harvard University. (2017). In Working Globally. Retrieved from https://developingchild.harvard.edu/about/what-we-do/global-work/