CuddleBright Experience


The Simms/Mann Institute’s seeks to identify and pursue strategies to promote the health and wellness of children ages 0-3 and their families.  Our annual Think Tank, Faculty Fellowship, and The First 36 Project, are all strategies aimed at bringing the most cutting-edge science of early childhood to professionals and practitioners.

We are excited to announce the launch of our newest strategy, CuddleBright Experience, which brings the science of early childhood directly to parents.

Science now tells us that secure relationships with parents and caregivers help children thrive—socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. CuddleBright was designed to provide parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools to strengthen the connection they share with their child, and the ability to navigate the ups and downs of the first three years—and beyond.

The Simms/Mann Institute is currently piloting CuddleBright as a tool to support parents and children in a variety of settings, including education and healthcare.

To learn more about the CuddleBright Experience please visit us at

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