Young brains undergo rapid development during the early years of life and are dramatically shaped by experiences. The biological, psychological, and social context of development are inextricably linked and combine to set the stage for success.
In this critical moment, children and their families are struggling. There is chronic underinvestment across the early childhood sector, and systemic disparities are resulting in growing academic achievement gaps among many demographic groups.
But in this moment, we also find unprecedented opportunity and innovation.
As communities and organizations increasingly use data, technology, and science to enhance the well-being of young children, there’s a demand for novel solutions that benefit educators, families, community leaders, and policymakers. The early childhood ecosystem is recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of early development, and the transformative potential of equity-centered, cross-sector partnerships to co-design innovative solutions.
The Stanford Center on Early Childhood
With internationally recognized leadership in early childhood research, policy, and practice, the Stanford Center on Early Childhood embodies an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach within the broader movement of early childhood development and education.
Led by Professor Philip Fisher, the center is positioned to accelerate promising strategies and foster alliances across communities, academic institutions, funders, advocates, and policymakers. It is the primary hub at Stanford for convenings, research, and education related to accelerating solutions for young children.