Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale
The 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series highlights early childhood development at a time when it has been universally endorsed in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and follows similar themes to the World Bank’s “Investing in the Early Years” initiative.
Comments to the series look at early childhood development as a foundation for sustainable development, a basic human right, and a question of research priorities. Journal articles delve into the science of child development, including the impacts of adversity vs. nurturing care on brain development and epigenetics. An article with Linda M. Richter, working with the Centre of Excellence in Human Development in South Africa, includes a conceptual framework to describe young children’s development through a multisectoral approach, as well as a table outlining progress in policies that support parental income and early childhood care. The series also includes an update on exposure to stunting in children, with data current through 2010 (a prior study went up through 2004).