Seven Key Principles of Self-Regulation and Self-Regulation in Context

This brief provides a framework for understanding self-regulation and its development in an ecological-biological development context. It is derived from a larger report on work conducted by the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy for the Administration for Children and Families.

Iowa Core Knowledge of Child Development

The Iowa Core Knowledge of Child Development assists adults with ideas to increase their knowledge and their ability to appropriately respond to children in their lives – whether as a parent, grandparent, child care provider, retail employee, medical provider, or any other role as a positive adult in the life of a child.

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Check out these great new tip sheets and resources for families and professionals!

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation’s Best Practice Tutorial Series

This series is designed to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in early learning programs. Although it was designed to address the needs of Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs, the series is useful for all professionals involved in the delivery of mental health services in early learning programs.

8 Things to Remember About Child Development by the Center for the Developing Child

“Building on a well-established knowledge base more than half a century in the making, recent advances in the science of early childhood development and its underlying biology provide a deeper understanding that can inform and improve existing policy and practice, as well as help generate new ways of thinking about solutions. In this important list, featured in the From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts report, the Center on the Developing Child sets the record straight about some aspects of early child development.”

The Missing First Year

While parents have a general understanding that what happens in a child’s early years can last a lifetime, many don’t realize the critical importance of the first year of life. Understanding what children are taking in and learning during daily interactions can help parents nurture their child’s healthy development.

2016 Iowa ACEs Report

The new Iowa ACEs report – Beyond ACEs: Building Hope & Resiliency in Iowa – shows that most Iowa adults have experienced childhood trauma, an indicator of higher rates of chronic diseases, mental illness, violence, risky behaviors, and reduced life expectancy. Emerging Iowa responses highlight the importance of building caring relationships within sectors and communities to promote resiliency so that we can improve our well-being.

Mom’s Mental Health Matters

A new initiative that aims to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born.  This site offers free health education materials in both English and Spanish.