Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development

Posted on December 20, 2017

Research from the Center on the Developing Child (2009) identified the Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development. 

What do these five numbers tell us? 

  • Getting things right the first time is easier and more effective than trying to fix them later.
  • Early childhood matters because experiences early in life can have a lasting impact on later learning, behavior, and health.
  • Highly specialized interventions are needed as early as possible for children experiencing toxic stress.
  • Early life experiences actually get under the skin and into the body, with lifelong effects on adult physical and mental health.
  • All of society benefits from investments in early childhood programs.

Read about the research.

SFF grantee, Children's Home Society of Washington has partnered with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University to drive science-based innovation for the last five years. The science is clear: what happens in a child’s first 1,000 days has a profound influence for the rest of their life in health, behavior and achievement.

Watch this short five minute video on Early Brain Development and how supporting positive parent-child relationships can buffer children from stress while promoting optimal development in the first 1,000 days.

Read more about their exciting partnership

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