On Wednesday, May 11, Turrell Trustee Dr. Junlei Li presented on strengthening early relational health for children, families, and communities at the New Jersey American Academy of Pediatrics’ Early Relational Health Summit.
Dr. Li is also the Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Co-Chair of the Human Development and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The Summit, sponsored by the Turrell Fund, the Burke Foundation, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and SPAN Advocacy, covered a wide range of topics around early relational health in New Jersey and brought together community organizations to develop solutions ensuring services and resources are family-focused, evidence and strengths-based.
Early relational health refers to the importance of nurturing, warm, and responsive parent/caregiver-child relationships who are also surrounded by safe communities with strong trust and social connectedness. These factors lead to healthier and more positive child development.
Learn more about Early Relational Health:
- ERH Summit Resources Page – NJAAP
- Advancing Early Relational Health – Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Interview with Dr. Craig Garfield on the role of fathers in improving child health outcomes – Burke Foundation
Check out photos from the ERH Summit: