Early in life, development and experience interact to build a foundation for the lifespan, leaving an indelible impression on lifelong outcomes. Deepening scientific understanding of how early development and experience, from the prenatal period through age six, shape learning, well-being, health and disease is essential to the welfare of our society. Innovations in Developmental Sciences, (“DevSci”) is designed to transform how scientists ask and answer questions about how early development shapes the lifespan.
The Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have worked together to develop this Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services. The guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.
From Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health)
By Megan Sandel, MD MPH, Richard Sheward, MPP, and Lisa Sturtevant, PhD June 2015
Decades of scientific research has demonstrated that homelessness experienced during early childhood is harmful to a child’s growth and development.
"Infant mental health is an essential aspect of human growth and development and there should be recognition that mental health needs are present from conception and through to adulthood."
A panel of experts in Britian discuss young children's mental health and how public services can help babies and mothers.
The Guardian, June 2016
"Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating child poverty in the United States. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socioemotional development, and educational achievement."
Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2016
"The link between poverty and children’s health is well recognized. Even temporary poverty may have an adverse effect on children’s health, and data consistently support the observation that poverty in childhood continues to have a negative effect on health into adulthood."
Pediatrics, March 2016. From the American Academy of Pediatrics
John M. Pascoe, David L. Wood, James H. Duffee, Alice Kuo, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH, COUNCIL ON COMMUNITY PEDIATRICS
Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis explain the framework and issues around children's mental health.
"When we care for young babies we mostly think of keeping them warm, physically safe and well fed—but their mental health is also crucial."
Dr. Sheila Smith, National Center for Children in Poverty
PPT of the presentation at the 2016 Higher Education Forum
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)