Training and Education Modules

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Welcome to the AAP Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) Education and Training Modules! 

The first thousand days of life are a critical and important period of development for helping ensure positive long-term health and educational outcomes.  Primary care pediatricians and public health professionals can play an important role in fostering healthy child development and opportunities to thrive by providing preventive care that promotes safe, stable, and nurturing caregiver relationships.

In response to this evolving understanding and a dramatic increase in research on early brain and child development, an expert workgroup of pediatricians and public health professionals revised five modules to provide the latest key information and resources on early brain development, toxic stress, ACEs, parenting and how to be an advocate in your community. In addition, a sixth supplementary module was created with a specific focus on the role of public health professionals.

Acknowledgements

AAP, with support and input from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as part of ASTHO's cooperative agreement with CDC, has updated these modules in May-August 2018.

Special thanks to our expert panel for their input on these modules:  Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MSLIS, FAAP; Pamela C. High, MD, FAAP; Gerri Mattson, MD, FAAP; Lillianne Lewis, MD, MPH, FAAP; Jeff Hudson; Doug Kershner; Ellen Pliska; Amanda Schwartz, PhD.

ASTHO and AAP wish to acknowledge and thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which supported this publication through a cooperative agreement (U38OT000161). The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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    Introduction

    EARLY BRAIN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING MODULES

    The first thousand days of life are a critical and important period of development for helping ensure positive long-term health and educational outcomes.  Primary care pediatricians and public health professionals can play an important role in fostering healthy child development and opportunities to thrive by providing preventive care that promotes safe, stable, and nurturing caregiver relationships. By gaining a better understanding about the impact that toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have on a child's social, emotional, and physical well-being, local health providers (both pediatricians and public health providers) are better able to identify those who may be at risk. Additionally, public health professionals can support these goals at the population level, resulting in stronger, healthier communities.

    In response to this evolving understanding and a dramatic increase in research on early brain and child development, an expert workgroup of pediatricians and public health professionals revised five modules to provide the latest key information and resources on early brain development, toxic stress, ACEs, parenting and how to be an advocate in your community. In addition, a sixth supplementary module was created with a specific focus on the role of public health professionals. Each module includes useful information and in-depth resources throughout the first five modules for public health professionals. The sixth module can be accessed alone to gain an overview of the role of the public health professional in supporting and improving early brain and child development.

    These modules are flexible and adaptable to a variety of needs and situations: audiences may include group presentations and discussions and individual learners.  Some attendees may be familiar with these concepts, but require a framework to be able to effectively share this information with others.  For others, this may be largely novel information for independent review— these modules offer a good foundation for understanding the principles of EBCD.

    Each module includes a PowerPoint presentation with presenter notes, a case study, and guided questions. Additionally, a presenters' guide provides tips for delivering the content for the modules, including suggestions on timing, and additional activities and video clips that could be added to the presentation. Additional resources are also provided for those seeking more in-depth information. For the online learner, there is a guide to help navigate through the materials. Consider reviewing these materials with community partners as you come together on early brain and child development. The ideas presented may help with identifying early brain and child development issues in your community and planning to address them.

    These modules were intentionally designed as stand-alone presentations and do not need to be viewed sequentially, but notes in each demonstrate how they link and progress. Time constraints may make it difficult to cover all the modules. These modules were written to accommodate that eventuality as well. However, as you are able, consider starting with the Core Story module. This module will help provide a framework for the subsequent modules.

    Each module is designed to take about 45-60 minutes, incorporate "real time" learning, as well as to be fun and interactive. While each guide is unique to the content of the specific training module, they also include intentional repetition of key themes and follow a similar format. Upon completion of each training module, you are encouraged to have your attendees complete the evaluation form and send it to the AAP so that we may continue to review and refine the content of the modules. We view you as an important partner in our efforts to provide training on EBCD and value your feedback. Please don't hesitate to contact the AAP staff member, Charlotte Zia, at czia@aap.org or 630-626-6070 regarding any questions you may have or if you would like to share your comments and input with us.

    • Presentation Guide (PDF)

    • Online Learning Guide (PDF)

    • Evaluation for the Modules (Word)

    Module 1: Building Better Brains - The Core Story of EBCD

    • Building Better Brains - The Core Story of EBCD (PowerPoint)

    • Case Study Module 1 (Word) (PDF)

    • Guided Questions Module 1 (Word(PDF)

    Module 2: Toxic Stress - Why Environment Matters

    Module 3: Adverse Childhood Experiences - What Happens Early can Change Lives

    Module 4: Supporting Parents and Cultivating Community Relationships

    Module 5: EBCD Advocacy - An Opportunity to Change Childhood Outcomes

    Module 6: Early Brain and Child Development: The Public Health Perspective
    • Early Brain and Child Development: The Public Health Perspective (PowerPoint)

The materials included in each module are released under theCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike lic​​ense (CC BY-NC-SA).​​​​​
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