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Early Childhood Background Material

Improving the health and well-being of children and families depends in part on sharing the most up to date research and evidence of what works. In this section you will find a number of resources that will help professionals and parents alike know more about supporting early childhood development.

Visit the following websites to learn about advances in the science of development and how these advances can inform policies and practices.
 
 
 
 
 
Resources on the Importance of Healthy Early Childhood Development
 
VIDEO- The Foundations of Lifelong Health (7 minutes): A part of the inBrief series from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, this video explains why a vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development.  Summarized are findings from "The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood," a report c-authored by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs. 
 
 
KIDS COUNT Special Report - Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters
 
 
 
 
 
Resources on the Importance of Investment in Early Childhood
VIDEO: NH Business & Philanthropic Leader Breakfast on Early Childhood (90 minutes):  Full video of the February 2011 event in Concord co-sponsored by the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, Northeast Delta Dental, the NH Dept. of Health & Human Services, Spark NH, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation with support from The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and Early Learning NH.
 
VIDEO- Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything (4 minutes) : How would the lives of children facing adverse early childhood conditions be different if we invested in proven and effective early learning programs, starting at birth? Watch the video from the First Five Years Fund and see—through the voices of the children themselves—just how powerful the change can be.
 
 
 
Mission: Readiness "is the nonpartisan national security organization of senior retired military leaders calling for smart investments in America’s children. It operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Council for a Strong America."

Why Preschool Can Save the World, Planet Money on NPR: In this episode, "we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And we talk to a Nobel prize winning economist who says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment."