Early Child Development: From Measurement to Optimal Functioning and Evidence-based Policy
Schiariti, Verónica (editor)
In the early years of life, the environments that interact with a child—including families, schools, and communities—play a key role in the child’s brain development. Early child development and overall children’s developmental trajectories have long-term implications for health, happiness, and earning potential as these children become adults. Importantly, failing to reach developmental potential contributes to global cycles of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. There is little public understanding of the importance of a child’s first years and the critical developmental opportunity to reach optimal functioning. As such, global data on early child developments are crucial to inform the public and demand evidence-based policies and high-quality programs for children around the world. This book includes initiatives assessing the impact of programs and interventions related to children’s health, education, and participation that inform evidence-based policies worldwide. Importantly, this book raises global awareness of the importance of children’s first years of life and the crucial role of child–environment interactions where the child lives, plays, and grows. The culturally diverse content comprises international representation of studies and classifications tools. International experts contributed high-quality reviews that collate valuable information and guide the adoption of a rights-based approach in early child development globally.
Keywordschild development; motor skills; vision disorders; evaluation; physical therapy; optometry; congenital Zika syndrome; user participation; mobility; intervention; child vocabulary; maternal mental health; Peru; routines; intervention planning; collaborative consultation; international; implementation; developmental delay; child health; birth weight; growth measurement; responsive caregiving; parent–child interaction; observational measurement; thin slice methodology; low- and middle-income countries; Brazil; functioning; outcomes; education; measurement; child development assessment; academic achievement; educational attainment; wealth/socioeconomic status; COVID-19; participation; Routines-Based Model; family-centered; child; pandemic; teleintervention; abilities; rights; children with cerebral palsy; agreement; stability; communication function classification system; early child development; ICF; health; inequality; potential; disability; absent learners; biological mothers; first 1000 days; Foundation phase; Early Development Instrument; developmental health; social determinants of health; autism spectrum disorder; measure; assessment; complex communication needs; severe physical disabilities; eye-gaze controlled computer; communicative interaction; n/a; indicators; global health; validation; cross-cultural; cross-linguistic
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Publication date and placeBasel, Switzerland, 2021