Early Childhood Development

Since 2011, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies has promoted collaborative opportunities around the topic of early childhood development for faculty and students from Harvard and Brazil. The video below provides more information on some of the initiative's research, educational and public engagement efforts.

Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância

In partnership with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal FoundationInsper and University of São Paulo Medical School, the Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância (NCPI) is a collective impact initiative that aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge, public policy and practice to benefit young children in Brazil and around the world.

Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development

NCPI's flagship program is the Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development, which has taken place annually since 2012. This innovative program aims to transform scientific knowledge into real-world impact and has trained more than 350 Brazilian policy and civil society leaders to date. It begins with an intensive, week-long course at Harvard, followed by a distance-learning module for action plan development, and concluding with a workshop at Insper in São Paulo. More information on the Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development is available in Portuguese and in English.

In 2015, NCPI created a Brazil-based course to expand the program's accessibility and impact, a second edition of which was held in 2017.

iLab Primeira Infância

Part of the Center on the Developing Child's Frontiers of Innovation platform, the iLab Primeira Infância drives the development of innovative two-generation strategies that address the unmet challenges of children and families facing adversity. More information about the iLab is available in Portuguese and in English.