Baby Steps: Poverty, chronic stress, and New York’s youngest children

http://blogs.newschool.edu/child-welfare-nyc/files/2013/09/CWW23.pdf

Child Welfare Watch Report Vol. 23, Fall 2013 (PDF)

Scientific research has firmly established that early childhood experiences can have a tremendous impact on our lifelong well-being. When infants are exposed to chronic stress or trauma, the effect can be toxic, stunting brain growth and changing the trajectories of their lives. On the other hand, giving babies the care and attention they need provides a strong foundation for future development.

 

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