Early-Childhood Investments

Young children (birth to age 5) require a supportive family environment for proper maturation and development, which have long-lasting effects into adulthood. Without this supportive environment, at-risk children have developmental deficits that are hard to repair after this critical time period. Early-childhood interventions can reduce these deficits. The most successful early-childhood programs have five key features: (1) serving at-risk children, (2) serving the youngest children, (3) parental support, (4) regular evaluations of outcomes, and (5) long-term commitment.

Early-Childhood Development

Young children in socio-emotionally supportive and cognitively stimulating environments develop a foundation of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills needed for health, school, work, and life. Specifically, children who receive more attention from their parents are more attentive, control their impulses more easily, feel more motivated to complete ...

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