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Readings #1 :Early Child Development (ECD) Article

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Health Studies
Course
HLTC23H3
Professor
R Song
Semester
Winter

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Abstract Opportunities to improve the state of early child development ECD on a global scale Early Childhoodprenatal development to 8 years of age What children experience the early years set a critical foundation for their entire life course ie ECD experienceinfluence basic learning school success and health ECD has strong links to other social determinants of health urban settings gender gloabalization halth systems Strong association between child survival and child development such as child survival and child agendas are indivisible from ECD Here we provide a framework for understanding the environments that play role in influencing child development Environment that will have themost significant impact on their development We propose ways in which govt and civil society to provide equitable access to strong nurturant env For all children globallyPolitical DebriefingEarly Child Development Investment in Countrys Future Investment in early childhood is the most powerful investment a country can make Rights of Child Research has shown than childrens early environment has a vital impact on the way brains develop More stimulating the environment the more positive connections are formedand better child thrived in all aspects of life Children need opportunities to explore their worldcare and protect them not punish them but need also support from community and govt at all levels Political leaders can play important role in guaranteeing universal access to range of early child development services Familyfriendly policies benefit children and families and economy Invest in familymore literate and numerate pop Have best health status and low levels of health inequality in the world ECD rely on caregivers not country being wealthy Child survival and child health agendas are indivisible from ECD that is a healthy start in life gives each child equal chance to thrive and grow into and adult that makes contribution to the community socially and economicallyExecutive Summary Early child period is the most important developmental phase throughout lifespan What happens to the child in early years is critical for childs developmental trajectory course and life course Nurturing Environment mattersfor most of the developmentbut parents cant provide this without help from government and international agencies Must recognize effect of ECD in adult life ie govt must recognize that disparities in nurturant env differ across nations Gender equity issues are determinants of ECD eg gender socialization feeding practices access to educationprofound impact on adult gender inequity
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