Parenting Videos

These videos are from organizations and institutions that are leaders in Child Development.  Many of them emphasize why the earliest years are so important for success later in life, and why what you are doing with your child today can make a significant difference in what they can achieve tomorrow.

Are We Crazy About Our Kids? is the first release from a broader series called The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation.

Click here to view the new Let’s Grow Kids video that describes the importance of focusing on the early years.

The following videos were developed by the Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change – This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

InBrief Series – The InBrief series provides brief summaries of recent scientific presentations and research on the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation. Below each short videos you can download a companion one-sheet brief, designed to be printed on one page, front and back.

Three Core Concepts in Early Development – Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

Brain Hero – This collaboration with the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and the Center on the Developing Child resulted in a unique way to communicate the science of early childhood development.  “Brain Hero” is a three-minute video that depicts how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child’s development. The concept is based loosely on games like “Guitar Hero,” “SimCity,” and “The Game of Life,” adapting the visual sensibility of interactive game models to a video format and shows how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can influence life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community.