About the Center

Our Challenge and Our Commitment

Racial and ethnic minority children living in disadvantaged, urban neighborhoods bear a disproportionate burden of costly public health problems. Disparities in health and development are evident early in childhood and increase over time, resulting in high rates of high school dropout, delinquency and obesity.

The mission of the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD) is to promote the health and development of ethnically diverse children living in low-income communities. CEHD’s vision is to be a leader in national efforts to reduce the achievement gap and health disparities for vulnerable children. Under the leadership of Dr. Laurie Brotman, CEHD has been recognized nationally as a leader in developing and testing culturally relevant interventions with demonstrated positive outcomes among ethnically diverse children and their families.

Who We Are

CEHD is led by an experienced team that directs three core units charged with carrying out the mission of the Center: ParentCorps Academy, Systems Improvement and Operations and Research and Innovation. Our CEHD faculty and staff include scientists, clinicians, educators and research staff from diverse professional backgrounds who are committed to addressing racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in learning, behavior and health and preventing costly public health problems.


In addition to collaborating with colleagues throughout New York University, we are proud to acknowledge the following partners in our efforts to promote the heath and development of all young children in New York City:

Funding Sources

Our work is generously supported by the following federal and state agencies, private foundations and NYU Langone: