What happens during the prenatal period and the first few years of life can have substantial effects on both short- and long-term outcomes in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Policymakers, leaders of human services systems, intervention developers, and practitioners can use this knowledge to create innovative solutions to reduce disparities in preventable diseases and premature deaths and lower the high costs of health care for chronic illnesses.
Before we can innovate and improve health outcomes for children and families, it's important to understand how the early years impact lifelong health. This new brief offers five quick facts about health that are frequently misunderstood.
This article explores how new understanding of the pathways by which significant early adversity can lead to a lifetime of chronic health impairments can inform new strategies in pediatric practice and advocacy to protect children’s developing biological systems from the disruptive effects of excessive early adversity.
This article goes deeper into the underlying biology and genetics to identify four core scientific concepts that can provide a powerful catalyst for fresh thinking about primary health care for young children.
Connecting Health & Learning Part I: The Science How do our biological systems work together to respond to chronic stress? What do these responses mean for early learning and lifelong health? And when we say that early experiences matter, what do we mean by early? Listen now!
Connecting Health & Learning Part II: The Implications How do we use the science of early childhood development to implement practical strategies and overcome longstanding barriers in the early childhood field? How can we ensure that families’ voices are heard when we create policies or programs? Listen now!