NationSwell asks the experts. The future success of every child is in many ways determined before he or she turns 8. During those early years, how that child learns and develops — mentally, emotionally and socially — is critical.
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We are deeply indebted to the intellectual insights and support that they provided. Participants included leading researchers and practitioners from the fields of pediatric primary care and nursing, child care and early childhood edu- cation, child welfare, mental heath, public health, early intervention for children living in poverty, and early intervention for children with develop- mental disabilities:Overview.
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