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Length Length

8 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per week

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English, Español, Português, हिंदी

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materialsAn internet connection to access course materials

ALL ABOUT THE BRAIN
How neurological makeup affects

children’s development

ALL ABOUT THE BRAIN
CASE STUDIES
How factors such as forced migration impact

a child’s future

CASE STUDIES
POLICY & PROGRAMS
The intersection of childcare, education and other programs with policies

at the national level and beyond

POLICY & PROGRAMS

Overview

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What does a successful early childhood care program look like? How has a child’s brain developed at the age of 3? How does nutrition impact the future well-being of a child into adulthood?

Learn the answers to these questions and more in The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development, an 8-week massive open online course. With leading experts in the field – hailing from Harvard University, New York University and UNICEF, among other institutions – we’ll explore how neuroscience, sociology, anthropology and other studies have influenced our understanding of early childhood development.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

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    Hirokazu Yoshikawa

    New York University

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    Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

    New York University

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    Jack Shonkoff

    Harvard University

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    Aisha Yousafzai

    Harvard University

This course is for

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in international development, teaching, nursing and medicine, and other fields who are interested in the key concepts and practices in early childhood development

Teachers, healthcare professionals and other practitioners interested in the societal and biological factors impacting the children they support

Sustainable development practitioners who want to understand the lifecycle of needs and support necessary to help children globally, including those who work for international aid organizations and nonprofits in the realms of poverty, nutrition and education

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

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Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a verified certificate signed by the course instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

1.1

Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

1.2

The State of the World's Children

1.3

How Brain Architecture Develops

1.4

The Impact of Adversity & Toxic Stress

1.5

Resilience & How to Foster It

Module 2: Child Development: Prenatal to Age 3

2.1

Development in Culture & Context

2.2

Physical Development

2.3

Cognitive Development and Perception

2.4

Language Development

2.5

Social Development

2.6

Emotional Development & Temperament

Module 3: Child Development: Ages 3 to 8

3.1

Physical Development

3.2

Cognitive Development & Executive Function

3.3

Language

3.4

Socio-emotional Development

Module 4: Tour of ECD Programs and Sectors Part I

4.1

Introduction to Multi-sector Aspects

4.2

Health Programs

4.3

Nutrition & Parenting Programs

Module 5: Tour of ECD Programs and Sectors Part 2

5.1

Social Protection Programs

5.2

Early Care & Education Programs

5.3

Child Protection Programs

Module 6: Communities and Situations of Conflict and Migration

6.1

Uganda Case Study

6.2

Community Based Programs

6.3

Conflict & Migration

Module 7: From Programs to Policies

7.1

How is Policy Created?

7.2

Quality, Governance & Sustainability

7.3

Financing ECD Policies

Module 8: The Future: Innovations and Growth

8.1

Innovation in ECD

8.2

Innovation from Around the World

8.3

Conclusion: The Future of ECD