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Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

Photo: Kate Samp for Strategies for Children

What if public policy were based on scientific findings?

It’s a question that Dr. Jack Shonkoff has been asking for years. The head of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, Shonkoff has been promoting the “science of early childhood” as a “source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies.”

Earlier this month, the center released a new paper, “From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts: A science-based approach to building a more promising future for young children and families”.

The paper calls for investments in research and development “to move beyond the best of what we know now—to apply cutting-edge science and an innovation mindset to the urgent task of creating the better best practices of tomorrow.” (more…)

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