August 3, 2016

Early child development programmes: further evidence for action

Written by Maureen M Black, Kristen M Hurley

With the recognition that early child development lays the foundation for subsequent academic and social performance, economic productivity, and societal contributions, support for early child development programmes and policies has increased worldwide.1 Longitudinal studies and neuroscientific evidence have shown that, during the formative periods of children’s development, brain architecture and functioning are responsive to environmental conditions (both adversities and nurturance), which continue throughout life and into the subsequent generation.

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