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Baby Steps: Poverty, Chronic Stress & New York's Youngest Children

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:30 am to 10:30 am

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Chronic stress and early trauma shape the brain development of very young children. Increasingly, research shows that innovative, early-life work with infants, toddlers and their parents can help prevent the need for much more costly interventions later on. Can we reduce the likelihood of abuse, neglect and mental illness in stressed-out, low-income families? What kinds of targeted interventions are working? And how should government and nonprofits respond? A conversation with experts in the field, and the release of the latest edition of Child Welfare Watch.

Keynote remarks by:

 - Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., FAMRI professor of child health and development, Harvard School of Public Health

A conversation with:

- Linda Lausell Bryant, executive director, Inwood House
 - Susan Chinitz, professor of clinical pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 - Piazadora Footmanparent; editorial assistant at Rise, a magazine written by and for parents in the child welfare system; and Chances for Children participant
 - Benita Miller, deputy commissioner of family permanency services, NYC Administration for Children's Services

Moderated by:

- Andrew Whitedirector, Center for New York City Affairs, The New School


Admission is free, please click on the box to the right to register.


The Child Welfare Watch project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Child Welfare Fund, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation, the Sirus Fund, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Prospect Hill Foundation and the Milano Foundation. 


The Center for New York City Affairs is an applied policy research institute based at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. 

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