With new information continually emerging about the complexity of the developing child, it is important that professionals working with infants and young children have a common grounding and understanding of the theoretical and clinical focus that guides developmental assessment.
In almost every early care and education (ECE) program across the country, there are children who have experienced trauma or who will, during their early childhood, experience traumatic events. Trauma in early childhood takes many forms, including abuse or neglect, witnessing violence, and having prolonged separation from or loss of a parent. An extensive body of research has documented the negative impacts of trauma on young children’s behavior, learning, and other long-term school- and health-related outcomes.
Recent research findings that childhood trauma affects health in young children and throughout life into adulthood. In her TED talk, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris discusses this issue.
12-16 percent of children below age three in the United States have a developmental delay in at least one area including behavioral health. A strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.