May 7

Past Event

Early Stress Gets Under the Skin: Promising Initiatives to Help Children Facing Chronic Adversity

Event Materials


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Disadvantaged children who often experience deep poverty, violence, and neglect simultaneously are particularly vulnerable to the pernicious effects of chronic stress. New research reveals that chronic stress alters childrens’ rapidly developing biological systems in ways that undermine their ability to succeed in school and in life. But there is good evidence that specialized programs can help caretakers learn to be more supportive and responsive. High-quality childcare can offer a safe, warm, and predictable environment amid otherwise chaotic lives, and home visiting programs can help both parents and foster parents learn to provide an environment of greatly reduced stress for their children.

On May 7, Princeton University and the Brookings Institution released the Spring 2014 volume and accompanying policy brief of the Future of Children. The release event featured researchers and policy experts who explained how chronic stress “gets under the skin” to disrupt normal development and how programs can provide the support so urgently needed by children who face chronic stress.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Overview of Volume and Policy Brief

  • Keynote Address

    • Richard P. Barth

      Dean, School of Social Work

      University of Maryland

  • Panel

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Ron Haskins
    • Richard P. Barth

      Dean, School of Social Work

      University of Maryland

    • Mary Dozier

      Amy E. Du Pont Chair of Child Development

      University of Delaware

    • C. Cybele Raver

      Professor of Applied Psychology

      New York University

    • Lauren H. Supplee

      Director, Division of Family Strengthening

      Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

    • Ross A. Thompson

      Distinguished Professor of Psychology

      University of California, Davis


May 7, 2014

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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