Today we are facing unprecedented social concerns, including growing poverty, hunger, access to quality health care, and addiction.
CEHD's strong leadership, a clear sense of purpose, and excellence across academic disciplines place us on the leading frontiers of knowledge. We forge community partnerships, share knowledge, and craft effective new practices and policies which beneﬁt children and families.
Four areas represent the intersection of CEHD's strengths with society's most pressing needs.
Helping children get off to a good start in life
Creating a successful future for all children
Supporting people as they cope with and recover from damaging experiences
Providing students with broad cultural perspectives and technological skills
Getting children off to a good start impacts a host of lifelong physical, emotional, social and economic issues.
Understanding the developing brains of infants and children helps unlock the causes and treatment for serious problems such as impulse control, learning disabilities and mood disorders.
Our faculty have a special expertise in autism spectrum disorders, neurodevelopment, and develop- mental disability; and we house a ﬁeld-changing longitudinal study of childhood attachment and resilience that continues to inform the ﬁeld of child development in Minnesota and around the world.
Researchers in the top-ranked Institute of Child Development and their colleagues engage with early childhood professionals, family counselors, psychologists, schools and health centers to make sure their discoveries can have a direct impact on practice.
Minnesota’s future depends on the educational success of all its children so that they can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
We are studying the best ways to promote the success of ﬁrst-generation, low-income, and students of color from preschool through college. Our research has identiﬁed best practices to building persistence and achievement in STEM ﬁelds across genders and ethnicities. And, we offer new and innovative pathways to teaching careers to ensure that our future teaching corps is more diverse and reﬂective of the students they teach.
CEHD’s research and outreach in literacy, early childhood education, and teacher preparation uniquely positions us as a leader in the effort to close the opportunity gap.
The problems of families – domestic violence, poverty, divorce, childhood trauma and neglect – transcend the home. Additionally, an increasing demand for health care and social services due to a growing aging population, need for youth mental health treatment, and obesity-related disease is putting a strain on Minnesota’s resources.
CEHD faculty and students actively pursue research and community partnerships to create healthy outcomes and build family resilience.
Our current research and outreach also explores ways to strengthen parenting skills, improve family finances, and increase children’s physical activity.
Our ability to compete globally demands that we meet the educational needs of a changing society. Our mission to educate, uplift and support the next generation is more important than ever. CEHD is a pioneer in using educational technology to get students excited about learning and in eliminating gender-based disparities in its use. Our faculty are using technology to help spread research findings even further, presenting information on-demand in ways that are accessible and easy to use. We also are placing a big focus on CEHD’s global learning experiences and programs. In a world that feels increasingly divided, we believe it’s critical that all students – regardless of financial resources – have access to the life-changing benefits of safe and enriching learning opportunities both here and abroad.