The science of early child development
The science of early child development encompasses the fields of neurobiology, genetics and the social sciences, including psychology, social work and medicine. Research conducted over the past few decades gives us a much better understanding of human brain development and the impact of experience from conception onwards. The first phase of life is one in which there are both great opportunities and great risks that can set trajectories across a lifetime. Early experiences affect how genes are expressed and how brain connections are built. Thus early life has a long reach forward.