Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect can cause more lasting harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. A new 6-minute video from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, InBrief: The Science of Neglect, explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.
Pushing Toward Breakthroughs: Using Innovative Practice to Address Toxic Stress
A new article in the multi-part series entitled, “Tackling Toxic Stress” is now available on the Center's web site. This final installment describes how a small but growing group of forward-thinking social service practitioners are using the expanding scientific evidence about the long-term, damaging effects of toxic stress to try innovative approaches that target its root causes and could lead to breakthroughs in the effectiveness of interventions—for both children and their caregivers.
Driving Science-Based Innovation in Policy and Practice: A Logic Model
A new, narrated interactive feature
presents a logic model showing how policies and programs that strengthen specific kinds of caregiver and community capacities can build the foundations of healthy development. These support beneficial biological adaptations in the brain and other organ systems, which lead to positive outcomes in health and development across the lifespan.