New Content

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

This page outlines recent updates to the North American and International resources.

North American Edition

As of June, 2020, the Ecology of Childhood (EC) Module has been significantly reorganized. We have strengthened content related to culture with the NEW p. 2.5 – Cultural context –including consolidated and updated material. The revised p. 2.2 – Early child development programs – integrates content previously on two pages - Early childhood education and Early intervention. Note the resulting changes to page numbers in the Research section.

The new EC content includes interviews with Beatrice Alvarez and Stephanie Mikki Adams from Inuuqatigiit, the Inuit Cenre for Children Youth and Families in Ottawa, and with Tove Mogstad Slinde, from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, as well as new interviews with Pat Furman, Maureen Black, Cindy Blackstock, Patricia Chorney Rubin, and Jennifer Jenkins.

Look for other content updates in the Communicating and Learning (CL) Module, which has new videos on the study of infant language development with Melanie Soderstrom from the University of Manitoba, including some “behind the scenes” in her baby language research lab. The CL module also has a new topic on screen time and digital media with related material added in the Coping and Competence (CC) Module. Both CC and CL now include new interviews with Jo-Anne LeFevre, from Carleton University.

New KidCare Canada videos about topics such as epigenetics and nurturing relationships have been added to the Brain Development and Communicating & Learning Modules.

International Edition

As of October 2020, the International Edition and the International Introductory Edition have been updated with new readings, interviews, scenarios, videos and interactive activities. Numerous pages have been re-ordered; and for some materials or topics have been moved from one page or module to another; page titles and headings have changed to reflect new content. The Nurturing Care Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Rights of the Child provide a framework and are woven throughout various modules. The Ecology of Childhood modules feature a new page on children in a changing world who are facing challenging circumstances, ranging from climate change to COVID-19.

Interviews with Jo-Anne LeFevre, Melanie Soderstrom, Xuefeng Chen, and Sir Peter Gluckman are just some of the new videos that have been added. Videos from Bernard van Leer’s Beginning of Life series have been included on topics ranging from neural plasticity to the importance of investing in early childhood. A number of other noteworthy additions have been made in the International edition. In the Brain Development module, this includes updated and expanded information about autism, epigenetics, maternal nutrition, teratogens and stress on the developing fetus, supported by new interviews with Alan Bocking, Meagan Jones, Chris Kuzawa, Maggie Morris, Michael Skinner and Joanne Weinberg.

The Coping and Competence module has an expanded focus on emotional learning, including social cognition, prosocial behaviour and moral development. Expanded readings and interviews have been added about programs supporting emotional learning – including Durrant’s Positive Discipline and Shanker’s Self-regulation Method. Interviews with Mariana Brussoni are part of a new section on active and risky play.

The Communicating and Learning module includes new research on language, literacy and numeracy. Links to practice supporting learning and development and new sections on scaffolding, observing, reflecting and planning include interviews with Deb Curtis, Nuala Alibhai and Sir Kevan Collins. A new page explores early learning and transitions to school, with information on playful learning, school readiness, screen time and digital media.

The Ecology of Childhood module has an expanded focus on the rights of children including those related to gender and disabilities. New pages and/or sections include current topics such as parental migration, environmental risks, and the ECD workforce, supported by interviews with Tendai Lewa Mtana, Nehemia Ndeta, and Susan Walker. Research related to Crece Contigo in Chile and the Early Childhood Home Visiting Intervention in Jamaica are just two of numerous program examples that are featured.

The Developmental Health module really “makes the case” for ECD: a global agenda, with current research, practical resources, and interviews with leading experts such as Jody Heymann, Mary Young and Hiro Yoshikawa. The topic of scaling up was moved to this module with added sections on program implementation and innovation, as well as program quality.

APA 7th ed. guideline changes

All SECD reference lists have been updated to APA 7. We have also updated the last page in each module (now called, Additional SECD information) to include suggestions for citing SECD based on APA 7th ed., as well, it includes the reference list and interview transcript files for that resource. Note the change to Red River College as the organizational author.

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