New Content

The online format of the Science of Early Child Development (SECD) means we can regularly make updates to the content. Every license holder automatically has access to the new information.

Readings and links to websites, reports, and other resources are updated on an ongoing basis to ensure accuracy and currency.  For example, a recent focus has been on the inclusion of more material that discusses the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of children and families around the world.

To date, the following clips of interviews with Dr. Leslie Roos, Dr. Meghan Azad, Dr. Tracie Afifi, Dr. Reuben Ford, and Dr. Michael Yellow Bird have been added to the North American Edition (NA) and North American Intro Edition (NA Intro).  Note that “NA” refers to the North American Edition.  “BD” is the Brain Development module, “CC” is the Coping and Competence module, “CL” is the Communicating and Learning module,  “EC” is the Ecology module, and “DH” is the Developmental Health module.

NA BD p. 2  Meghan Azad data collection

NA BD p. 2.1 A 

NOTE: DOHaD section moved from BD p. 2.1 B
Meghan Azad DOHaD
NA BD 2.3 (also NA Intro BD p. 2.2) Michael Yellow Bird  clips about the healing power of movement, dance, singing, and the land
NA BD p. 3.2  Tracie Afifi positive parenting approaches
NA CC p. 2.5 Tracie Afifi five clips related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience
NA CC p. 2.5

Michael Yellow Bird

colonization and stress
NA CC p. 3  Leslie Roos two clips related to the pandemic and children
NA CC p. 3.3 Mariana Brussoni risk and hazard
NA EC p. 2 Mariana Brussoni society to cell
NA EC p. 2.1 Leslie Roos two clips about the Hearts  and Minds Lab 
NA EC p. 3.1 Leslie Roos two clips related to the pandemic
NA EC p. 3.2 Reuben Ford workforce development strategies
NA DH p. 2.3 Meghan Azad four interviews about the CHILD Cohort Study
NA DH 2.3 Mariana Brussoni child monitoring system; 20 years of EDI
NA DH p. 2.4 Reuben Ford five clips about the BC recruitment and retention strategy evaluation


Our videos of children are always popular, and can be used in so many different ways. These parent-child scenes were recently added to the North American (NA) and North American Introductory (NA Intro) editions.

NA and NA Intro BD p. 1 First time swinging
NA and NA Intro BD p. 3.3 Comforting and singing (replaced Hiba and her father)
Comforting and singing (replaced Hiba and her father) Providing comfort
NA CC 2.1 and NA Intro BD p. 3.3 Noticing baby’s cues
NA CC p. 2.2 Sibling play
NA and NA Intro CC 2.3 Respecting baby’s emotions
NA CL p. 1.2 Memory game
NA and NA Intro  CL p. 2.1 Parent-child language interactions
NA  CL p. 2.3 Reading with baby
NA CL p. 3.1 Putting on shoes


A number of updates have also been made to the Prenatal module, including the addition of interview clips with Dr. Leslie Roos and Dr. Meghan Azad.

1.1 Leslie Roos two clips related to stress and pregnancy
1.1 Meghan Azad two clips related to microbiome and health
1.1 Meghan Azad DOHaD
2.2 Meghan Azad breastfeeding and baby’s microbes
2.4 Leslie Roos postpartum planning
3.3 Leslie Roos coping with stress during pregnancy


Since the spring of 2020, we increased our knowledge mobilization efforts by offering more sections of our online (asynchronous) course ECED-1089 Introduction to the Science of Early Child Development.

SECD Online Professional Development Workshops continue to be offered in several provinces across Canada.  The latest workshop, Preventing Disruptive Behaviors in the Early Years, was developed in partnership with the Centre of Excellence in Early Childhood Development at the University of Montreal and is available in English and in French.

Users in regions with SECD Open Access can take advantage of free Self-Study Professional Development modules


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