The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

Language Arabic
Start Date 29/08/2021
Duration 0 weeks
Effort 10 hours
Level Entry Level

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". 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.

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

What You Will Learn

  • All about the brain: how neurological makeup affects children’s development
  • How children develop in the early years, in areas like language, cognition, physical development, and social-emotional development
  • How culture affects children's development
  • The intersection of childcare, education, health, nutrition and social and child protection programming with policies at the national level and beyond
  • Case studies: examples of innovative early childhood programs from around the world

Instructors and Team

Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Co-director of New York University's Global TIES for Children, Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a University Professor at NYU. He is Co-Director, with Professor J. Lawrence Aber, of the Global TIES for Children Research Center at NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi. He is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development in low- and middle-income countries and in the United States. Since 2013 he has co-chaired the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Thematic Network on Early Childhood Development and Education and has led SDSN’s work in Early Childhood Development. He serves on the Boards of the Russell Sage Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development, and on the advisory boards of the Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program and the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report.

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