The council, housed at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, is a multidisciplinary collaboration designed to institutionalize and extend the work that culminated in “From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development” (National Academy Press, 2000). It disseminates research findings on early childhood development to the media, the public and policymakers. With the publication of a landmark report from the National Research Council (NRC) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) in late 2000 entitled "From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development," (co-edited by Shonkoff)the opportunity arose to reinvigorate and reframe the public dialogue in order to close the gap between what scientists know and what society does to advance the health and development of young children. This includes improving and extending child care and early education programs. The council is a multi-disciplinary collaboration designed to institutionalize and extend the work behind that report.