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Document Number: 6740

Pathways to Early School Success: Helping the Most Vulnerable Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families - This issue brief focuses on the special challenges of helping babies and toddlers whose earliest experiences, environments, and especially relationships create not a warm and nurturing atmosphere, but what scientists have called “toxic stress” – exposing them to such high and consistent levels of stress that their growing brains cannot integrate their experiences in ways that promote growth and learning. It describes 10 strategies that programs and communities can implement to ensure these babies, toddlers, and families are connected to sufficiently intensive supports that can get them on a path to early school success. (Jane Knitzer and Jill Lefkowitz, National Center for Children in Poverty, January 2006)...

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