Center For The Young Child Overview

The Center for the Young Child recognizes that early experiences impact lifelong outcomes of young children. As an OCALI Center, we are dedicated to informing policy, creating and sharing resources and providing training and technical assistance related to young children 0-8 and their families.

Inform Public Policy
Consult And Collaborate
Research, Develop And Deploy Best Practices

Human development is shaped by a dynamic continuous interaction between biology and experience...

...and can be altered in early childhood by healthy relationships and effective interventions... shifting the odds in favor of more adaptive outcomes.
Interactions among early childhood science, policy, and practice ...demand dramatic rethinking

From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (2000)

These tenets guide the work of the Center for the Young Child (CYC):

  • CYC recognizes the importance of a “whole child” perspective in the work of early childhood. Early biological, psychological and social-emotional development are critical elements of lifelong health and well being. The Center grounds its work in the latest brain, policy and practice research.
  • CYC is responsive to the call for partnership that is necessary to meet the demands of diverse and complex issues, challenges and opportunities that face Ohio’s families and young children. The Center is an active collaborator with state and national organizations and associations focused on actions and interactions that lead to high quality, state-of-the-art solutions for families and professionals who care for and educate young children.
  • CYC inspires change through unique partnerships and initiatives that propel innovative thinking and connect systems to transform early childhood policy, research and practice.