December 4, 2023

The Burke Foundation Releases Early Relational Health Report

The Burke Foundation in collaboration with the Harvard University Graduate School of Education released a new report outlining the science and importance of Early Relation Health, presenting a valuable resource for practitioners working to advance the health and well-being of children and families.

About the Report

The Early Relational Health: A Review of Research Principles and Perspectives is a groundbreaking report funded by the Burke Foundation that shows the promise of, and the science behind, Early Relational Health. The authors are Harvard University’s Dr. Junlei Li and Thelma Ramirez.

Key Findings

  1. Early Relations Health needs to be rooted in positive, nurturing interactions between parents/caregivers and their infants.
  2. Interactions with other human beings help children, starting in infancy, learn and grow. These interactions are essential to social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and physiological development.
  3. Both babies and adults benefit from Early Relational Health.
  4. To benefit from Early Relational health, parents must want to do what’s best for their children and have the capacity to parent. Professionals will need to partner with parents to support them.
  5. Meeting parent’s and children’s needs are essential to this process.

Learn More

To learn more, read the report or visit this news release.


Information for this post was taken directly from the Burke Foundation’s “Early Relational Health: A Review of Research, Principles, and Perspectives.” Some text may have been added, paraphrased, or adapted for readability and comprehension.

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