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This entry first examines the ways in which the fetal environment, the home environment, and the social setting more generally affect the long-term development of the child. Such analysis is known as prevention science because it seeks to identify ways to prevent negative impacts on the child from conception onward. The entry reviews the research on the positive impact of early education and concludes with a look at the relationship between public policy and early childhood education.

Impacts of Fetal, Home, and Social Environments

Who our parents are, our health at birth, and how we live, eat, and play as young children all have an impact on our adult life. Starting at conception, the outside world gets under the skin. The environment of the developing fetus—the nutrition ...

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