Research Brief: Why Do We Focus on the Prenatal-to-3 Age Period?: Understanding the Importance of the Earliest Years
Our health and wellbeing prenatally and during the first three years of life affect all future learning, behavior, and health. This time period is the most sensitive for a child’s developing brain and body, yet many families face substantial challenges during these years. Decades of research have shown that babies and toddlers thrive when they have loving, responsive interactions in the earliest years.