Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a time of unparalleled change in the brains and abilities of young children. All families need access to a wide range of services and supports that are responsive to the family, cultural, and linguistic contexts to promote healthy development. Additionally, some families need specialized services to mitigate risk factors or address problems young children may experience. Our early childhood efforts are committed to bridging the gap between what researchers and practitioners know is effective and what is available in communities for young children and their families. We work at multiple levels to translate evidence-based and best practice knowledge into practical, meaningful, and functional implementation strategies.

Our Center’s Technical Assistance (TA) is designed to translate knowledge into practice through customized consultations to organizations, communities, and government entities. The TA is highly individualized and focuses on building the capacity of states, tribes, communities, and service providers to change policies, programs, and practices. We conduct extensive Workforce Development for those working with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families. We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities through different formats such as guest lectures, academic courses, on-line modules, and Certificate programs to meet the needs of learners at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our Center engages in Community and Clinical Services by partnering with community-based organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that serve young children with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities, their families, and their caregivers. We provide diagnostic services and interventions in homes and community-based settings. Our Research and Evaluation activities build the early childhood research base and provide research-informed guidance to states and communities on effective strategies and interventions. Ultimately, we strive to improve the linkages between research, policy, and practice.  


Selected Activities

Technical Assistance

Workforce Development

Community and Clinical Services

Research and Evaluation

  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Formula Evaluation
    The DC Department of Health contracts with GUCCHD to evaluate the federal dollars it receives from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support MIECHV home visiting supports within the District of Columbia.
  • DC Social Emotional and Early Development (SEED) Project
    A four year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreement was awarded to the DC Department of Behavioral Health in 2016 to address the needs of young children (birth-6) who were at-risk for or diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance (SED). GUCCHD led a mixed methods evaluation to support the project's. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the community-based clinical teams shifted to delivering early childhood mental health treatment services via telehealth. The evaluation team helped document these innovations in a published paper.
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.