Reasons and Strategies for Strengthening Childhood Development Services in the Healthcare System

October 1, 2002

Authors: Karen VanLandeghem, Deborah Curtis, and Melinda Abrams

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Recent early brain development research affirms the significant role that early childhood development plays in establishing the critical foundations for children's academic success, health, and general well-being. Early childhood development is largely influenced and shaped by nurturing relationships, human interaction, environments and experiences, and culture. Children's physical health, cognition, language, and social and emotional development are critical underpinnings to school readiness.

Low-income children are far more likely than their counterparts to be at-risk for poor developmental outcomes. Fortunately, early investments in young children and their families can make a significant and long-term impact on child well-being and academic success and can reduce the need for more costly interventions.

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Reasons and Strategies for Strengthening Childhood Development Services in the Healthcare System, Karen VanLandeghem, Deborah Curtis, and Melinda Abrams, The Commonwealth Fund, October 2002