Why the Conversation on Early Childhood Development Needs to Start Before Birth

Center for Health Journalism | Giles Bruce

“What this research is starting to tell us is that if we wait to think about intervening on child development after birth, we miss the fact that all this is beginning before birth.”

Research has shown that the first few years of a child’s life are critical for brain development. Early childhood experts now are shifting the research towards how both brain development and parenting begin before birth. The idea of early intervention and support for families that are transitioning to parenthood is now a part of child development discussions.

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