Childhood Development and Lifelong Health, Center on the Developing Child


Are you interested in learning how early childhood development and environments impact children’s lifelong physical and mental health? Check out the Center on the Developing Child’s whitepaper, “Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined.”

Featured Topics

In the whitepaper, researchers explore:

    • what 21st-century science is teaching us,
    • how early adversity affects developing biological systems,
    • common illnesses in adults that have roots in early childhood adversity,
    • facts about the health that are often misunderstood,
    • future directions for policies and practice, and
    • final reflections in a COVID-19 world.

Learn More

For more information, view this resource from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child.


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Series Navigation

The Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series highlights several early childhood topics to support parents and caregivers who are caring for young children. Use the list below to navigate through each series topic:

Learn more about the series.

Request free printed materials from our Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series.


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