Leveraging Advances in Science to Strengthen the Early Foundations of Both Learning and Health
When: Thursday, December 10th│15:00 - 17:00 CET
We know that responsive relationships and language-rich experiences for young children help build a strong foundation for later success in school. The rapidly advancing frontiers of 21st-century biological sciences now provide compelling evidence that the foundations of lifelong health are also built early, with increasing evidence of the importance of the prenatal period and first few years after birth.
This session will explore key themes from the most recent Working Paper issued by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child through the Harvard Center on the Developing Child "Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined," including how developing biological systems in the body interact with each other and adapt to the contexts in which a child is developing -- for better or for worse -- with lifelong consequences for physical and mental health.
There will be an opportunity for interactive discussions to think about how policymakers, leaders of programs and services for young children and community members can move beyond just early learning and find ways that early childhood programs and policies can also reduce disparities in preventable disease and premature death and lower costs for treating chronic illnesses that have their roots in early childhood adversity.
Host: Harvard Center for the Developing Child, USA