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In partnership with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Strategies for Children, Boston Children's Museum co-sponsored its second Early Childhood Summit April 5, 2013 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. 400 attendees listened to and participated in presentations on early brain development and the importance of executive function, the effect of stress on children, effective school readiness and family support programs, digital media in children's lives, the critical role of play in early childhood development, and implications for public policy. Leading researchers and professionals in the fields of health, education and business shared their insights, identified best practices, and discussed both the challenges and solutions for enhancing early childhood development opportunities. Video of the plenary sessions is included here as well as the agenda and a link to the Cross-Sector Innovation Session Guides and Readings.

Summit Agenda Summit Synopsis Cross-Sector Innovation Sessions (session descriptions, leaders, and policy recommendations)

Plenary Sessions Videos & Supporting Documents:

Michael Yogman, MD
Board Chair, Boston Children's Museum

Early Childhood and Economic Development
Eric Rosengren
President and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Educational Attainment & Economic Outcomes (PDF)

Introductory Remarks
Deval Patrick
Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Driving Science-Based Innovation to Strengthen the Foundations of Lifelong Learning, Behavior and Health
Jack Shonkoff, MD
Director, Center on the Developing Child
Harvard University

Science-based Innovation (PDF)
Experiences Build Brain Architecture (Movie)

Using Executive Functioning Frameworks to Improve Family Economic Mobility
Elisabeth D. Babcock, MCRP, PhD
Crittenton Women's Union

Executive-Functioning-Framework (PDF)

The Joy of Discovery and the Power of Play
Carole Charnow
President and CEO, Boston Children's Museum

Michael Yogman, MD
Board Chair, Boston Children's Museum

The Power of Play (PDF)

Neighborhood Supports for Young Children
John F. Barros
Executive Director, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Boston Promise Initiative (PDF)

Business Panel Discussion
JD Chesloff
Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable

John Fish
Chairman and CEO, Suffolk Construction

Marcy Reed
President, National Grid

Tom Leighton
CEO, Akamai Technologies

Charles Rizzo
Principal Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer, John Hancock Funds

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