Early Childhood Development
Appropriate early childhood development means that all young children grow up in safe and supportive environments and receive the nurturing care and interaction needed to promote their physical, mental, and emotional growth and resilience that enables them to become healthy, happy, and productive in later life. This requires that children be protected from harm, neglect, and other undue adverse experiences. It also means that families, parents, and other caregivers must have the physical, social, and economic means to provide for their children’s needs as well as their own. Adequate support, education, and other services must also be available for children and families to address any problems during early childhood when these interventions are most likely to be effective.