Gunnar, Gewirtz lead early childhood development series for state agencies
Megan Gunnar, professor in the Institute of Child Development and Abi Gewirtz, associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science and in the Institute of Child Development, led the first two seminars in a four-part series on neurobiology, adversity, and resilience within the context of early childhood development for state agency leaders, managers, and direct-service staff.
The series is the product of a collaboration between the College of Education and Human Development and the Minnesota State Departments of Human Services, Health, and Education. It seeks to create a bridge between communities, public agencies, and educational institutions by bringing the latest research to inform best policies and practices that support Minnesota families and children experiencing potential adversity and traumatic stress. On May 14, Gunnar presented the first seminar of the series: The Neurobiology of Early Development. In the second seminar on May 21, Gewirtz addressed The Impact of Adverse Early Childhood Experiences.