The healthy child: assembly required | Kathleen Gallagher | TEDxUNC

In her talk “The Healthy Child: Assembly Required”, Kathleen Gallagher, one of our TEDxUNC 2015 Faculty Speakers, talks about about the assembly required in order to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially healthy children.

Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher is a scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Education. Dr. Gallagher’s research and applied work focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based approaches that support the learning and well-being of young children, families, and early childhood professionals in the contexts of poverty and disability. Her current projects include 1) an intervention to support toddlers with autism and their families, 2) evaluation of a project to enhance rural North Carolina’s communities’ early childhood systems, 3) development of a mindfulness-based program to enhance the health and well-being of early childhood professionals. Dr. Gallagher has been privileged to teach and work directly with young children, families and early childhood professionals for over 25 years.

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17 thoughts on “The healthy child: assembly required | Kathleen Gallagher | TEDxUNC

  1. Healthy environments, language interactions, warm relationships—that speaks to every child's home—from in utero to birth to three. Then, at age three they begin pre-school with early childhood teachers. I agree Head Start teachers should be considered on par with K-12 teachers with pay and benefits. But, the first teachers for most newborns are their parents. There needs to be a huge investment into Home Visitation programs for first time parents—directly from the hospital maternity ward. There needs to be ROI (return on investment) studies on Parenting education classes for first time parents before the first child is born as part of a home visitation program. And these should run all the way up until the age of three at a minimum—or age five better yet. Kathleen, thanks for your push in the right direction. Yes, keep the energy going!

  2. Thank you for this strong clear message providing another tool to mitigate and prevent adverse childhood experiences and early trauma. In the real world, not all parents or caregivers are able to provide what we know every child needs to grow up healthy and happy. Well done!

  3. Outstanding presentation that presents us with current lasting data about the high quality ECE programs. I will be sharing this with my students along with others in the ECE community. There are some great nuggets shared in this worthy of further conversations and advocating for high quality! Well done and thank you.

  4. Excellent information and updates.  Great job, Kate! High Quality Care is key for children!  Higher compensation is crucial for early educators who educate and care for our youngest and future leaders.

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