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The Powerful Reach of Early Childhood Development

Jack P. Shonkoff and Linda Richter

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199922994.003.0002
The Powerful Reach of Early Childhood Development

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This introductory commentary informs a broad understanding of the basic science of early childhood and early brain development, and its foundational importance for guiding productive public and private sector policies to address the needs of young children and their families. The chapter helps bridge the divide between investments focused on child survival and those focused on child development, with the aim of illustrating the complementary nature of these two imperatives—survival and development—and explaining how both can be advanced through an integrated strategy driven by a set of core developmental concepts supported by research in neuroscience, developmental psychology, and the economics of human capital formation. The primary objective is to demonstrate the overlapping features of effective interventions that save children’s lives and those that maximize their later health and developmental potential, and to underscore how this artificial division is transcended by advances in the developmental sciences.

Keywords: early childhood development; child survival; life course; brain development; intervention; neuroscience; developmental psychology; human capital formation; biodevelopmental framework; human potential

Chapter.  4705 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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