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Relationships and Health — New Connections for Early Learners

A discussion on the importance of relationships in driving the health and development of young children.

Exploring the emerging umbrella of “Early Relational Health” — the idea that relationships drive health and development in young children and that childhood development needs to put relationships at the center. It’s a new focal point for the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as many entities around the country.


  • Usha Ramachandran, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Early Childhood Champion, NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • David Willis, Senior Fellow, The Center for the Study of Social Policy

Host: Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Key takeaways and prompts for action:

  • Resilience comes from relationships. We gain wellbeing from connecting — or reconnecting — to others.​
  • View your work through a multi-generation relational lens. It can be a paradigm shift — running counter to the autonomous culture we now live in.​
  • Find specific things to notice and appreciate about yourself and others. The good work people are doing shows up in small moments every day!  ​
  • Development is a restorative structure. Trust in its process and its inherent resiliency — we will all find our way.


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