Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

Date posted: July 3, 2020

Evidence confirms that early experiences have both short-term and long-term impacts on learning and behaviour. Similarly, early environments affect both immediate and lifelong health. While health and learning are separated in policy, they are interrelated and interdependent.

“Strategic investments in young children and the adults who care for them affect long-term physical and mental health as much as they affect early learning.” (p. 2)

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined is a new working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. It explains how early adversity can affect health and potentially lead to costly, common chronic illnesses in later years. It also presents future directions for policy and practice.

Download the paper or read a summary in the InBrief: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body.

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