Monday, October 5, 2009

What Every Policymaker Should Know about Early Childhood

A new report the "Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood, What Every Policymaker Should Know" by the National Center for Children in Poverty is filled with important data, facts and research highlights about young children.
The early years of a child’s life present a unique opportunity to foster healthy development, and research has underscored the importance of the first five years of life – both positive and negative experiences – in shaping children’s cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional development. This brief outlines the risks faced by young children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as barriers to eligibility, access to services, and service utilization. The authors conclude by recommending policy improvements needed by young children and their families.
For state policies to increase quality early care and education.

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