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What does expert research tell us about the support that children need to thrive from conception to age five?

Experts across multiple sectors: psychologists, physicians, social workers, and more, have spent decades studying the needs, barriers and success factors for children in their early years. We want to know what the latest research says. 

What does expert research tell us about the support children need to thrive from conception to age five?

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The National Center for Children in Poverty is a terrific resource on the issues facing children in low resource communities in the US. This article "Pathways to Early School Success: Helping the most vulnerable infants, toddlers and their famili

The National Center for Children in Poverty is a terrific resource on the issues facing children in low resource communities in the US. This article "Pathways to Early School Success: Helping the most vulnerable infants, toddlers and their famili

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The first few years of a child's life is very crucial. By age 5, the brain grows 90% of its adult size, which means that the experiences that a child goes through in the first 5 years of his/her life can greatly affect him/her in his/her adult life.

The first few years of a child's life is very crucial. By age 5, the brain grows 90% of its adult size, which means that the experiences that a child goes through in the first 5 years of his/her life can greatly affect him/her in his/her adult life.

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The information below comes from "Positive Discipline for Preschoolers" by Dr. Jane Nelsen:

"We now understand that the early years of a child's life are critically important in the formation of thinking and reasoning skills - and in the actual "w

The information below comes from "Positive Discipline for Preschoolers" by Dr. Jane Nelsen: "We now understand that the early years of a child's life are critically important in the formation of thinking and reasoning skills - and in the actual "w

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I had no idea this was even an issue. In Australia there is a program focused on prevention of shaking babies as a cause of death. May fall into the category of SID (Sudden Infant Death).
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Royal North Shore Hospital’s divisional manager for

I had no idea this was even an issue. In Australia there is a program focused on prevention of shaking babies as a cause of death. May fall into the category of SID (Sudden Infant Death). Article: Royal North Shore Hospital’s divisional manager for

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"Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body (especially the brain), with damaging effects on learning, behavior, and healt

"Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body (especially the brain), with damaging effects on learning, behavior, and healt

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Serve and return, the back and forth process by which a caregiver and child mimic and respond to each other's gestures and utterances, is critical to the early development of a child's brain.  The latest science tells us that this form of stimulation

Serve and return, the back and forth process by which a caregiver and child mimic and respond to each other's gestures and utterances, is critical to the early development of a child's brain. The latest science tells us that this form of stimulation

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Technology gives us a way of sharing a lot of information quickly. But the debate about whether ebooks are not as beneficial as real books highlights an important insight about the value of reading.

Technology gives us a way of sharing a lot of information quickly. But the debate about whether ebooks are not as beneficial as real books highlights an important insight about the value of reading.

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Saving Brains, A Grand Challenge: A 10-minute video introducing the basic science of early development as well as what's known about effective programs and policies in low and middle income countries.

Saving Brains, A Grand Challenge: A 10-minute video introducing the basic science of early development as well as what's known about effective programs and policies in low and middle income countries.

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