Mental Health Problems in Early Childhood Can Impair Learning & Behavior for Life

Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child

Stress, Brain Architecture, ACEs, Serve and Return, Social Policy, Air Traffic Control

Harvard Center on the Developing Child, December 2012

This Working Paper is part of the The Harvard Center On The Developing Child's InBrief Series which comprises several educational videos and reports that explore some of the core concepts and implications of early brain development. The new InBrief provides an overview of Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood: Working Paper 6 by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The paper has been newly updated to reflect recent scientific research on how emotional well-being can be strengthened or disrupted in early childhood.