The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of early experience on lifelong health and well-being.

The resources below can be read in any order and are independent from one another.

SECD Resources

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Full Version

This online multimedia resource contains five modules/chapters on a wide range of early child development topics. It includes content and examples from both North America and the broader international context.

North American Edition Modules
Abridged Version

This abridged version of the North American Edition contains five modules/chapters covering a wide range of early child development topics. It has been shortened and simplified for a more introductory level.

Introductory Edition Modules
Single Module

This module gives background information on theories and the study of child development. It explores vital concepts related to working with young children including the importance of observation, play and positive guidance.

Child Development Primer
Module unique

Cette introduction au développement de l’enfant est un document d’information traitant des théories et de l’étude du développement de l’enfant. Il explore les concepts essentiels liés au travail avec de jeunes enfants, notamment l’importance de l’observation, du jeu et de l’orientation positive.

Introduction au développement de l’enfant
Single module

This module explores the impact of the prenatal environment on fetal development and life-long health. Topics such as maternal health and nutrition, prenatal stress, and social supports are reviewed.

Prenatal Development Module

About Science of Early Child Development

The resources above are part of the Science of Early Child Development (SECD) project. SECD resources bring research and concepts to life with hundreds of readings, videos, links, questions for reflection, and interactive activities. From the latest research into babies' brain development and the impact of early experience on well-being, to topics such as child rights, literacy and the importance of play, SECD explores how nature and nurture interact from conception on to construct a foundation for development.

SECD materials are used around the world for post-secondary education, professional development, parent education workshops and staff training.

To learn more about SECD, visit our website