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The first years of a child’s life are some of the most important in terms of cognitive, social, and physical development. Early experiences occurring when a child’s brain and behavior are being shaped affect a child’s ability to learn, to get along with others, and to develop an overall state of well-being. Unfortunately, not all children have the same positive experiences or opportunities, which can lead to disparities. Social, economic, and environmental factors have been closely linked to health disparities.
Research suggests that many disparities in overall health and well-being are rooted in early childhood. For example, those who lived in poverty as young children are more at-risk for leading causes of illness and death, and are more likely to experience poor quality of life. This growing problem costs the United States billions of dollars annually. Our understanding of the lasting value of early experiences continues to grow. Interventions that support healthy development in early childhood reduce disparities, have lifelong positive impacts, and are prudent investments. Addressing these disparities effectively offers opportunities to help children, and benefits our society as a whole.
This session of Grand Rounds discusses how, together, we can address health disparities in early childhood through increased collaborations, public health partnerships, and early intervention.
Beyond the Data
Resources for Parents
ZERO TO THREE
National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Resources to help parents and caregivers identify developmental milestones
Info About Kids
Resources and science-based information for healthy development
Motor Delay Tool
A tool to help parents identify delays in physical development
Legacy for Children®
Group-based intervention to encourage positive parenting and parent-child relationships
Resources for parents of children of all ages
Positive Parenting Tips
Tips and for positive parenting, and child safety and health
Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
Resources and tips for parents of toddlers and preschoolers
- Ross A. Thompson, PhD
- Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Board President, Zero to Three
University of California at Davis
- Paul H. Dworkin, MD
- Executive Vice President, Community Child Health;
Founding Director, Help Me Grow National Center,
Connecticut Children's Medical Center;
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
- Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH
- Director, Division of Human Development and Disability
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
- Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, ABPP
- Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
George Washington University School of Medicine
- John Iskander, MD, MPH
- Scientific Director
- Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
- Deputy Scientific Director
- Susan Laird, MSN, RN
- Communications Director
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- Presentation Slide Deck [5 MB, 90 Pages, HTML]
- Help Me Grow National Center
Advancing Developmental Promotion, Early Detection and Linkage to Services
- Caring for Children in a Disaster
Resources for planning and preparedness
- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
Resources for identifying and getting services for children with hearing loss
- Essentials for Childhood
Framework for communities to create safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children
- Healthy Steps
Pediatric-based program for extending services to vulnerable young children and their families
Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood — United States, 2011–2012
- The Science of Early Childhood Development 15 Years After Neurons to Neighborhoods [613 KB, 7 Pages]
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