Get consent. Be transparent. Rethink your definition of “family.” Be flexible. Give children agency. Be precise and avoid cliché’s. Ask sensitive questions. Beware of simplistic binaries. Find the paper trail.
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To help journalists and news organizations around the world improve their reporting on early childhood experience and brain development, the Dart Center organized a reporting institute for 45 journalists from 26 countries March 9-12, 2017 at Columbia Journalism School in New York City. Today, the Bernard van Leer Foundation launches Early Childhood Matters, its journal showcasing advances in early childhood development, which includes this report written by Karen Brown, senior reporter at New England Public Radio and a consultant on the project.
Terms and Definitions compiled by Karen Brown and courtesy of Ann Masten, Ordinary Magic; Aisha Yousafzai; Brainfacts.org/Society for Neuroscience; Lisa Guernsey; Rana Dajani; Harvard University Center On The Developing Child; National Center for Biotechnology Information/National Institutes of Health; Wiley Online Dictionary; Linda Richter/World Health Organization; National Academies Press; UNICEF/2016 Lancet ECD report; Wikipedia.
Research and Studies of Core Relevance to the Early Childhood Development Field.
A new series in the Lancet, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale, makes some troubling predictions. In middle and low-income countries, almost 250 million children – 43 percent of children under five – will fail to meet their developmental potential because of extreme poverty and deprivation. Karen Brown reports on these new findings in advance of the Dart Center's four-day reporting institute on early childhood experience and the developing brain.