ED&LS Global Center for Innovation

ED&LS Global Center for Innovation

The Early Development & Learning Science Global Center for Innovation will bring together scholars leading developmental science research focused on young children aged 0 to 8 years. We aim to conduct the best developmental science, informing and informed by the science of its implementation. For example, new understanding of how young children learn can be translated into practice and piloted in preschools on campus and with current collaborators in Peru and Mexico; subsequent feedback will drive the direction of additional research and of preschool practice. In this way, the Global Center will lead the understanding and design of novel solutions to improve young children’s education, health, and well-being across ever-changing social, cultural, and economic contexts.

This integrated Global Center will serve as a knowledge exchange and fundamentally frame our ED&LS Training Program. Center faculty will lead the collaborative research addressing the most vexing challenges, and serve as conduits between the science and its implementation through the Training Program activities on campus and in the broader community. We will offer select postdoctoral fellowships to advance scholarship in global contexts and support (our) future faculty in ED&LS.

The Global Center will also be integrated with the Training Program by providing rich opportunities for learning through mentored research assistantships. Undergraduate and graduate students will gain invaluable training by participating in Global Center research projects, such as examining neural plasticity, mapping how context influences the development of children’s linguistic and social abilities, developing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics + Arts) curricula, and designing apps to increase family engagement in school. Eager teams of students will hone their talents in the annual ED&LS Innovation Challenge, by solving real problems affecting young children across the globe. Collaborative space in the new Berkeley Way Building will facilitate these exchanges.