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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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Breastfeeding is still best. With rapid changes in the world, people need to be reminded that traditional ways of doing things (such as breastfeeding) may be the best practice for their baby and family. It provides the best nutrition and protection a

Breastfeeding is still best. With rapid changes in the world, people need to be reminded that traditional ways of doing things (such as breastfeeding) may be the best practice for their baby and family. It provides the best nutrition and protection a

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Vaccinating all children in low income countries is still a challenge, and a goal that has not been fully attained. 

“With the exception of safe water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction...”

Vaccinating all children in low income countries is still a challenge, and a goal that has not been fully attained. “With the exception of safe water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction...”

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Much has been written in the Economics literature on the determinants of child outcomes like school performance, educational attainment, nutritional status, etc. Most studies find that factors like household income and access to local services (schoo

Much has been written in the Economics literature on the determinants of child outcomes like school performance, educational attainment, nutritional status, etc. Most studies find that factors like household income and access to local services (schoo

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There's a lot of research out there on the well being & education of US children (I'd say the problems for low income families in 3rd world countries is compounded as US families have access to many more programs and opportunities)

There's a lot of research out there on the well being & education of US children (I'd say the problems for low income families in 3rd world countries is compounded as US families have access to many more programs and opportunities)

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Recent statistical research shows a strong correlation between rates of open defecation and child malnutrition in India.  

Contrary to what was believed for many decades, the research demonstrates it is not the lack of calories that is preventing

Recent statistical research shows a strong correlation between rates of open defecation and child malnutrition in India. Contrary to what was believed for many decades, the research demonstrates it is not the lack of calories that is preventing

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Every year children die from preventable diseases such as, the common cold, measles and polio. Increasing the number of vaccines children get could  save; the death of 1.3 million infants and young children from pneumococcal disease and rotavirus,,ab

Every year children die from preventable diseases such as, the common cold, measles and polio. Increasing the number of vaccines children get could save; the death of 1.3 million infants and young children from pneumococcal disease and rotavirus,,ab

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Growth-stunted children between the ages of 9 and 24 months participated in a 2-year randomized controlled trial in Jamaica from 1986 through 1988. A new follow-up study of this low-cost early childhood intervention conducted by researchers at th

Growth-stunted children between the ages of 9 and 24 months participated in a 2-year randomized controlled trial in Jamaica from 1986 through 1988. A new follow-up study of this low-cost early childhood intervention conducted by researchers at th

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Statistically, a child born into poverty hears 30 million less words than a child born into more affluent circumstances. These early language environments dramatically affect children's IQ, school performance and future. TMW is an initiative that's a

Statistically, a child born into poverty hears 30 million less words than a child born into more affluent circumstances. These early language environments dramatically affect children's IQ, school performance and future. TMW is an initiative that's a

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