Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook

September 8, 2004 | Volume 17

Authors: Brett Brown, Ph.D., Michael Weitzman, M.D. et al.

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HC Reform 2006 Perspectives image Early childhood is a time of tremendous physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth for children. When recognized early, problems in any of these areas may be addressed effectively and their long-term negative consequences may be minimized and sometimes eliminated altogether. Risks in the physical and social environment that may retard development can also be prevented or ameliorated when early identification and intervention occur.

Health practitioners are among the only professionals who see children on a regular basis in the first three years of life. This places them in a unique position to advise and support parents and to recognize potential threats to healthy early development. This chartbook reviews more than 30 key indicators of development and health for children up to age 6, as well as social factors in families and communities that affect these outcomes. It also offers practical implications for practitioners and parents.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
1 Socioemotional Development 6 Health Care Receipt
2 Intellectual Development 7 Community/Neighborhood Factors
3 Child Health 8 Child Care
4 Family Functioning 9 Demographic Factors
5 Parental Health Technical Appendix
Endnotes

The chartbook's release was accompanied by a teleconference in which an expert panel discussed the issues raised by the new report and the best ways to address them.

Panelists
Edward L. Schor, M.D., Assistant Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund (moderator)
els@commonwealthfund.org

Ruth Stein, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Children's Hospital at Montefiore
rstein@montefiore.org

Brett Brown, Ph.D. Director of Social Indicators Research, Child Trends
bbrown@childtrends.org

Martha Zaslow, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Senior Scholar, Child Trends
mzaslow@childtrends.org

Michael Weitzman, M.D., Executive Director, AAP's Center for Child Health Research
michael_weitzman@urmc.rochester.edu

Citation

Early Child Development in Social Context: A Chartbook, Brett Brown, Ph.D., Michael Weitzman, M.D. et al., The Commonwealth Fund, September 2004