ERIC Number: ED424941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Infancy and Early Childhood: Opportunities and Risks for Pennsylvania and Its Children. A Special Report.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Harrisburg.
This Kids Count special report examines brain development during infancy and early childhood in order to provide a basis for an informed discussion about the need for preventive programs to foster healthy child development. The report summarizes information on early brain development and how experience shapes neural connections. It focuses on the role of positive parenting in providing opportunities for enhancing attachment and language development in infants and toddlers, and the pivotal stages of early brain development related to attachment and security, vision, and language. It identifies major risks to healthy brain development in Pennsylvania's children, including family poverty, community poverty, family problems and conflict, and dysfunctional parenting. The report highlights the cumulative effect of risk factors on children's development. In addition, the report describes approaches that foster early learning opportunities and lead to healthy child development: (1) promoting good parenting; (2) promoting healthy children; (3) promoting good child care; (4) making family centers and family support services more available; (5) finding and helping more abused or neglected infants and children; (6) targeting preventive early childhood program to more high-risk Pennsylvania children; and (7) sustaining investment in high-risk children. Finally, the report presents county-level statistical information on high school dropout rate, juvenile court delinquency placements, births to single teens, child poverty rate, and children in welfare families, illustrating how poor adolescent outcomes point to missed opportunities for adolescents and a new generation at risk. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Office of Child Development.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania