When we work together, we can make change happen. That’s why one of our priorities is building partnerships with the individuals, communities, and organizations around us. We’re committed to finding new ways to translate and share our daily discoveries, so we can bring the science of development to as many children, youth, and families as possible.
We collaborate with organizations throughout Minnesota, including:
Lab Co-Directors Stephanie Carlson and Philip Zelazo share the lab's current outreach activities and their community engagement goals for the upcoming year.
Many of our outreach projects aim to disseminate information about child and youth development. One way we do this is through educational programs for our local community. Through our programming—which targets both adults and children—ICD faculty and students share science that can be put into practice by early childhood professionals and children themselves.
Our community symposiums bring together policymakers, leaders from schools and nonprofit organizations, and others, to discuss child development research and how it can be applied in community settings. During the symposiums, ICD staff and faculty present on a selected topic and facilitate small group activities and discussions.
Previous symposiums have covered topics, including:
Through Growing Brains Outreach, volunteer ICD graduate students educate young people in the community about brain development and cognition. Funded in part by the College of Education and Human Development, the program serves schools, summer camps, after-school programs, and community groups. Lessons typically target students in fourth to eighth grade, but can be adjusted for other age ranges and abilities. Learn more and schedule a lesson.
"We hope to help children foster a sense of agency in their own development and inspire a passion for science."
—Shreya Lakhan-Pal & Keira Leneman, Growing Brains Outreach co-founders
Our Center for Early Education and Development provides professional development and training to early education professionals, so they can achieve the best outcomes for the children they serve in their own communities.
This project aimed to improve health and developmental outcomes for very young children with special attention to the impact of early experience on the life course. The project produced a five-part series on the Importance of the Early Years that features ICD Director Megan Gunnar, Ph.D.
In a video produced by the The Trust Project at Northwestern University, ICD Professor Melissa Koenig, Ph.D., highlights research showing that children can gather evidence quickly, lose trust rapidly when they witness inconsistency, and make intuitive judgments of trustworthiness.
ICD Professor Ann Masten, Ph.D., joined AchieveMpls for an EdTalk to discuss risk and resilience in human development with the goal of informing and fostering practices and policies that support success for young people who have experienced trauma.
The Minnesota Early Childhood Risk, Reach, and Resilience Report describes indicators of early childhood development county by county. Authors include Elizabeth Carlson, Ph.D., ICD affiliate graduate faculty and director of ICD's infant and early childhood mental health training program. The project is sponsored by a partnership of the University of Minnesota, Wilder Research, and Minnesota Departments of Health, Education, and Human Services, with funding from the Irving Harris Foundation. View a report summary, the full report, and an interactive map that highlights indicators by county in Minnesota.
In this video produced by the Minnesota Department of Education, ICD Director Megan Gunnar, Ph.D., joins Nikole Logan, Childcare Partnership Coordinator in the Office of Early Learning at St. Paul Public Schools, and Carol Schjei, Kindergarten Teacher at Hamline Elementary School, to discuss the important role kindergarten plays in the life and development of a young child.