Harvard University

Center on the developing child


The science of early childhood is a source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies & services focused on the early years of life.

Using current best practices as a starting point, the Center works with a network of fellow change agents to design, implement, and evaluate innovative, science-based practice models that achieve transformational change for vulnerable children and families.

Innovation does not happen in a vacuum. To bring about lasting, population-level change for children facing adversity, we must foster a movement of collective change.



The science of early childhood is a source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies & services focused on the early years of life.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child


The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child is a multidisciplinary, multi-university collaboration committed to closing the gap between what we know and what we do to promote successful learning, adaptive behavior, and sound physical and mental health for all young children. Established in 2003, the Council translates science to build public will that transcends political partisanship and recognizes the complementary responsibilities of family, community, workplace, and government to promote child well-being.

Key Concepts


These key scientific concepts are the building blocks of the core story of child development.

Brain Architecture:


Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood.

Executive Function & Self-Regulation:


Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.

Resource Library


The Center strives to present information, especially scientific information, in a way that is accessible to a wide range of readers.

Reports & Working Papers


Center for Education Policy Research


The Center for Education Policy Research is a unique partnership among districts, states, foundations, and university-based researchers designed to leverage the overwhelming amount of newly available school-, teacher-, and student-level data to address previously intractable policy questions in education and improve educational outcomes for all students.

Leveraging Video for Learning


• How can teachers use video to accelerate effective self-analysis?
• How can video be used to connect teachers to peers for feedback and coaching?
• Under what conditions can video improve evaluative classroom observations?

Harvard Graduate School of Education

In Youtube


By operating at the nexus of practice, policy, and research, the Harvard Graduate School of Education prepares leaders in education and generates knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success.

Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning (HDUL)


The Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning (HDUL) project, funded by Harvard’s Provost and under the guidance of Professor Chris Dede, sought to determine how wireless handheld devices (WHDs) –– which include, but are not limited to, cellphones, personal digital assistants, and mobile gaming devices –– could enhance learning and teaching in university settings.

Harvard Education Publishing Group


The Harvard Education Publishing Group publishes the Harvard Educational Review, a generalist scholarly journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for innovative thinking and research in education andthe Harvard Education Letter, a bimonthly newsletter that summarizes new research and innovative practice in preK-12 education.

Harvard Family Researh Project


The mission of Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) is to shape 21st-century learning opportunities so that all children and youth thrive. Central to our work are addressing issues of access and equity in learning, and advancing family and community engagement practices that reinforce success for all children.

Project Zero


Project Zero was founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967 to study and improve education in the arts. Goodman believed that arts learning should be studied as a serious cognitive activity, but that “zero” had yet been firmly established about the field; hence, the project was given its name.

Making Caring Common (MCC)


Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice.

Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative


The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative promotes the knowledge, professional learning, and collective action necessary to cultivate optimal early learning environments and experiences.

Usable Knowledge


Connecting Research to Practice.

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Health Publishing


Harvard Health Publishing is the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University, under the direction of Dr. Gregory Curfman, Editor in Chief. The goal of our publications is to bring people around the world the most current health information that is authoritative, trustworthy, and accessible, drawing on the expertise of the 10,000+ faculty physicians at Harvard Medical School.

Mind & Mood


Your mood and your mental health affect every aspect of your life, from how you feel about yourself to your relationships with others and your physical health. There’s a strong link between good mental health and good physical health, and vice versa.

Harvard Business Publishing (HBP)


Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) was founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvard University, reporting into Harvard Business School. Our mission is to improve the practice of management in a changing world. This mission influences how we approach what we do here and what we believe is important.

Harvard Business Review


Harvard Business Review Press publishes the best thinking in the areas of business strategy, general management, technology, leadership, human resources and innovation.



The Saguaro Seminar’s mission is both to improve social capital measurement and the availability of social capital data and to undertake analysis of building social capital in a changing environment: in increasingly diverse communities, with changing faith communities, in workplaces, and amidst greater social and civic inequality.

Harvard College Library


A research tool for library users.

Digital Collections


The digital collections of Harvard College Library.

The Harvard Crimson


The Harvard Crimson, the nation’s oldest continuously published daily college newspaper, was founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1967. The newspaper traces its history to the first issue of “The Magenta,” published on Jan. 24, 1873, and changed its name to “The Crimson” to reflect the new color of the college on May 21, 1875. The Crimson has a rich tradition of journalistic integrity and counts among its ranks of editorship some of America’s greatest journalists. The faces of Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimson editors line the walls of The Crimson.



Launched in July 2009, ScratchEd is a new online community where Scratch educators share stories, exchange resources, ask questions, find people, and discover events.



Harvard online campus, with Open modules and courses.

Harvard Blogs


Free Blogs for the Harvard Community: The blogs.harvard.edu WordPress platform is a free service for the Harvard community. Anyone with an email address at harvard.edu, radcliffe.edu, or hbs.edu can sign up.

Youth and Media


Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth and digital technology.

Harvard Magazine


Harvard Magazine was founded independently by alumni more than a century ago, and is published today by a separately incorporated nonprofit affiliate of Harvard University. We have excellent access to University news and news sources, but are written, edited, and produced—like any independent news medium—with readers’ interests foremost in mind.

Twilight of the Lecture


The trend toward “active learning” may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.

Strategic Data Project


Since 2008, SDP has partnered with over 100+ school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions.


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