Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Best Practices: A Science-Based Approach for Children and Families


Course Description: This report from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University provides an overview of the science of early childhood development, particularly brain development and the impacts that early experiences have on brain development. The report presents the lessons learned from five decades of program evaluation research on early childhood programming and how this research can be used to develop breakthrough “solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing parents, communities, and nations.”

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss guidelines for better outcomes during early childhood development
  • Explain the science underlying early childhood development
  • Describe the lessons learned from five decades of program evaluation research in childhood development
  • Create an R&D platform to produce breakthrough impacts at scale

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 3 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Pat Levitt, PhD, and Nathan A. Fox, PhD

Content Publisher(s): Harvard University

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Shonkoff is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital; Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Dr. Levitt is the Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, Institute for the Developing Mind, Children's Hospital Los Angeles; W. M. Keck Provost Professor in Neurogenetics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Dr. Fox is the Distinguished University Professor; Director, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland College Park.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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American Psychological Association (APA)

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