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Document Number: 9678

Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children’s Learning and Development - The relationship between early childhood poverty and later achievement is explained by this paper from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, which summarizes the research showing that persistent stress and anxiety during the early years can, among other negative impacts, inhibit healthy brain development and the ability to learn. To counteract these consequences, the authors recommend expanding home visiting programs and targeting training for early education and child welfare professionals to address children's social and emotional needs that may result from poverty and other traumatic family experiences. (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2010)...

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