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Reference Research

Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda: Adverse Childhood Exposure

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

James Heckman: Non-Cognitive Factors

Families play a powerful role in shaping adult outcomes.  The most persistent, self-disciplined, adaptable and reliable  children outperform those with higher cognitive abilities, according to James J. Heckman and Alan B. Krueger in their book Inequality in America. Non-cognitive skills include interpersonal skills, persistence, communication skills and other "soft" skills that are not objectively measured.  Learning these skills early in life are excellent predictors of successful outcomes. These skills can be taught and learned.

Parent Coaching

This research synthesize intervention studies using coaching with parents in early intervention with a focus on (a) definitions and descriptions of coaching with parents; (b) characteristics of families and coaches; (c) parameters such as settings, contexts, dosage, and professional development related to coaching; and (d) child and family outcomes. Through a search of articles from 2011 to 2013, the authors identified 8 studies that met search criteria. Results indicate that there is no common definition/description for the term “coaching with parents in early intervention.”


Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: Whole Brain Parenting

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem-and feel-so out of control.


Preschool Learning Foundations and Framework

California Department of Education developed the California Preschool Learning Foundations outline key knowledge and skills that most children can achieve when provided with the kinds of interactions, instruction, and environments that research has shown to promote early learning and development. The foundations can provide early childhood educators, parents, and the public with a clear understanding of the wide range of knowledge and skills that preschool children typically attain when given the benefits of a high-quality programming.


Center on the Developing Child

The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.


Resources for Parents and Teachers
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First 5 California

First 5 California was created by voters under Proposition 10 to recognize that children's health and education are a top priority, especially in the early years of development.

CDC Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

California MAP to Inclusion & Belonging

The MAP Video Collection was created in response to the need for easy access to videos that promote inclusion and support the needs of children with disabilities and/or special needs and their families.

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