►Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children & Families | James Leckman, Yale (ECPC member)

April 22, 2019

“The need is great. We need to make a difference. We need to become agents of change.”


Host, Dr. James F. Leckman, professor in the Yale Child Study Center, extends a warm welcome to conference colleagues and friends. He underscores why the need is great for each of us to become agents of change. Evidence-based science and practice show that peace is possible using early childhood development strategies. This proven pathway to peace provides children and families with the transformative power of change that can lead to a more peaceful world.

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James F. Leckman, M.D., Ph.D., is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale. For more than 20 years he served as the Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center. His peers have regularly selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 450 original scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals. 

In October 2013, he chaired with Rima Salah and Catherine Panter-Brick the 15th Ernst Strüngmann Forum in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 40 international scholars across diverse fields—from child development to neuroscience and cultural anthropology explored the relevance of early child development to the pursuit of peace. Their deliberations highlighting directions for future research, and proposing novel approaches to translate knowledge into concrete action are summarized in volume entitled, Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press in 2014. He currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC). 

Recommended Reading 
by james f. leckman, md, phD
  1. Leckman, J. F., and P. R. Britto. (2018). Steps toward peace and violence prevention across generations: The potential of early child development in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.” New Dir Child Adolesc Dev, 2018: 5-12.
  2. Leckman, James F., Pia Rebello Britto, Yvette Efevbera, Dana C. McCoy, Alice J. Wuermli, and Theresa S. Betancourt. (2018). Integrating early child development and violence prevention programs: A systematic review In New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. Vol. 2018.
  3. Leckman, J. F., and P. R. Britto. (2018). Towards a More Peaceful World: The Promise of Early Child Development Programmes. In New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. Vol. 2018.
  4. Leckman, J. F., C. Panter-Brick, and R. Salah. (2014). Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families. Vol. 15. Cambridge MA US / London UK: MIT Press.
  5. Morgan, B., D. Sunar, S. Carter, J. Leckman, D.P. Fry, E.B. Keverne, I. Kolassa, R. Kumsta, and D. Olds. (2014). Human biological development and peace: Genes, brains, safety, and justice. In Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families, edited by J. Leckman, C. Panter-Brick and R. Salah, 95-128. Vol. 15. MIT Press.
  6. Sunar, D., Ç. Kâğıtçıbaşı, J. F. Leckman, P. Britto, C. Panter-Brick, K. Pruett, M. Reyes, W. Hodges, A. Zonderman, Y. Yazgan et al. (2013). Is early childhood relevant to peacebuilding? J Peacebuilding Develop, 8: 81-85.


Watch 14 compelling talks by 25 world champions in evidence-based science and practice, education, human migration, web technology and media. Learn why they join together in expertise to pave a road to hope and build pathways to peace through the transformative power of children and families. Hear them sound the global call to action as they launch the ECPC Pledge to Action for Peace. 
  • Be informedMeet the conference presenters who share with you their knowledge, generated from the front lines of this burgeoning field of peacebuilding through early childhood development (ECD). Read their biographies and access additional learning materials.
  • Get involved. Help us pave the road to hope and The Culture of Peace by sharing these series videos with your friends and colleagues.
  • Build peace! Take the ECPC Pledge of Action for Peace, launched by conference speaker, Miss Lames Abdelrahman, IRIS Refugee Ambassador from The Sudan.


This ECPC event was organized by and made possible with support from Queen’s University Belfast LINKS, Yale University, UNICEF and the ECPC.


Distinguished ECPC affiliated presenters join us from the halls of Yale University (Child Study Center, the MacMillan Center for Area Studies, Web Services) Queen’s University Belfast, the United Nations, The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace, UNICEF, Sesame Workshop, ACEV-Mother Child Education Foundation, IRIS-Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, and the NGO Committee on Migration.


The ECPC was established to grow a global movement for peace, social justice and prevention of violence through using evidence-informed strategies to enable the world community to advance peace, security and sustainable development. We must address root causes of violence and conflict, and we must empower children and families to be agents of change to advance social cohesion and peace. 


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