Virtually every aspect of early human development, from the brain’s circuitry to the child’s capacity for empathy, is affected by the environments and experiences beginning early in the prenatal period and extending throughout the early childhood years.
The scientific evidence on the significant developmental impacts of early experiences, caregiving relationships, and environmental threats is incontrovertible.
The science of early development is clear about the importance of parenting and of regular caregiving relationships.
Infant Mental Health refers to the quality of social and emotional development of children in the first few years of life. The field of Infant Mental Health is a multidisciplinary approach to enhancing these aspects of development.
We have gathered together some resources that may be helpful in learning more about early childhood and ways you can find support or offer support.