The Science of Early Childhood Development, Center on the Developing Child


Are you interested in learning why early childhood is such an important period of growth? Watch this video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University!

Featured Quotes

    • “If a child is preoccupied with fears or anxiety, or is dealing with considerable stress, no matter how intellectually gifted that child might be, his or her learning is going to be impaired by that kind of emotional interference.”
    • “When we talk about healthy development in the early years, and particularly when we talk about preparing children to succeed at school, we cannot separate cognitive development from social and emotional development. You can’t have one without the other.”
    • “Excessive prolonged stress early in life is associated with a higher prevalence later, not only of learning problems and behavioral difficulties but also physical and mental health problems.”

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More Information

To learn more, visit the Center on the Developing Child website.


Picture: A group of young children sit in front of their teacher with their hands happily raised.

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:

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Picture: A young baby looks up at the camera.
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