Science Fact

Even infants and young children are affected adversely when significant stresses threaten their family and caregiving environments.  Adverse fetal and early childhood experiences can lead to physical and chemical disruptions in the brain that can last a lifetime. The biological changes associated with these experiences can affect multiple organ systems and increase the risk not only for impairments in future learning capacity and behavior, but also for poor physical and mental health outcomes.

Source: The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Toxic Stress

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Washington Frontiers of Innovation

Washington Frontiers of Innovation (WA FOI) is a partnership established in 2011 between The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and Washington State stakeholders.  WA FOI develops, tests, and refines program level and system and policy level science-based portfolios of activities targeting improved outcomes for at risk and vulnerable children, youth and families.  Our aim is to re-envision early childhood investment to stimulate creativity and support experimentation in order to produce significant, population-level change.

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Perhaps most important is the unequivocal conclusion that what happens during the first months and years of life absolutely does matter.

-- From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development