A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young Children and Families from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.
“Early childhood is a time of great promise and rapid change, when the architecture of the developing brain is most open to the influences of relationships and experiences. Yet significant disadvantages in the life circumstances of young children can undermine their development, limit their future economic and social mobility, and thus threaten the vitality, productivity, and sustainability of an entire society. A remarkable expansion of new knowledge about brain development in the early years of life, linked to advances in the behavioral and social sciences, is now giving us deeper insights into how early experiences are built into our bodies, with lasting impacts on learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. Decades of research offer insights into the best practices that we know can make a difference for children, but to reach greater impacts, we must apply today’s knowledge from science and practice to fuel new ideas for tomorrow. Only then can we truly capitalize on the promise of the early years and achieve breakthrough solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing parents, communities, and nations.
This PDF –> Key_Findings_Breakthrough_Impacts is the Key Findings.
The Full Report is HERE