• Courses and Workshops
  • SECD eMessage
  • Prenatal Development Module
  • Introduction au développement de l'enfant

The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of early experience on lifelong health and well-being. Beginning as a tool to help share the emerging science about early brain development, SECD now offers a suite  of online and offline media-rich  educational resources with examples of research and programmes from around the world. SECD has been developed at Red River College in Canada in partnership with the University of Toronto and the Aga Khan Development Network. 


Regularly updated, SECD online resources bring research and concepts to life with hundreds of readings, videos, links, reflect questions and interactive activities. SECD's four online living textbooks include

  • SECD - North American Edition
  • SECD - Introductory Edition (abridged version)
  • SECD - International Edition (contextualized for the majority world)
  • SECD - International Introductory Edition (abridged and contextualized)

 The following single modules are also available:

  • Child Development Primer
  • Introduction au développement de l'enfant (French version of Primer)
  • Prenatal Development Module

Colleges and universities use SECD in pre-entry, diploma, undergraduate and graduate programs as content for online and offline courses. Government, professional groups, community organizations, and individuals use SECD materials for parent education workshops, staff training and professional development.


The SECD Seminar Series  and SECD Resource Kit are flexible multi-media educational resources and training packages, based on the SECD International Edition.

Red River College University of Toronto AKDN - Aga Khan Development Network