Getting it Right Early: Social and Economic Policy for Early Childhood Development

The basic principles of brain architecture indicate that providing supportive and positive conditions for early childhood development is more effective and less costly than attempting to address the consequences of early adversity later.

The 2010 study titled the Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood opens by saying “A vital and productive society …..abilities and learning capacities. A vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development. Health in the earliest years—beginning with the future mother’s well-being before she becomes pregnant—lays the groundwork for a lifetime of vitality. When developing biological systems are strengthened by positive early experiences, children are more likely to thrive and grow up to be healthy adults. Sound health also provides a foundation for the construction of sturdy brain architecture and the achievement of a broad range of skills and learning capacities.

The early years are over far too soon leaving little time to pave the way for the future. That’s why the Maine Children’s Growth Council is focused on determining how to best promote the healthy development of Maine’s youngest children, NOW, while it still matters. We have to get it right the first time.

Please join in the work of the Maine Children’s Growth Council and help get it right the first time. Contact us today for more information.