print logo

The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood

This publication was co-authored by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.  

A vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development. Health in the earliest years—beginning with the future mother’s well-being before she becomes pregnant—lays the groundwork for a lifetime of vitality. When developing biological systems are strengthened by positive early experiences, children are more likely to thrive and grow up to be healthy adults. Sound health also provides a foundation for the construction of sturdy brain architecture and the achievement of a broad range of skills and learning capacities.

Download the report            Link to the publisher

Tags: ["report", "early childhood development", "Health"]
Published Oct. 5, 2010 9:06 AM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 5:01 PM