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1) Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains.
This working paper done in the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
looks at emotional development in the early years and how it affects the architecture of
2) Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the
Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
This study looks at how adversity in the early years greatly affects well-being in the adult
3) The Bucharest Early Intervention Project: Case Study in the Ethics of Mental
This study explores how environments in the early years affect brain size.
Project Site: http://www.bucharestearlyinterventionproject.org/index.html
4) The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the
Another article with Harvard University explores the negative impact of neglect on a
young developing brain.
5) Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of
How supportive and secure relationships affect resilience in infants and children.
6) Patterns of Infant-Mother Attachments: Antecedents and Effects on Development.
By Mary Ainsworth 1985, this article highlights the main findings from early attachment
7) The Strange Situation.
An overview of Mary Ainsworth’s Strange Situation looks at attachment styles and
relationships between infants and mothers.
8) The Effects of a Secure Attachment Relationship on Right Brain Development, Affect Regulation, & Infant Mental Health.
Allan Schore. A study was conducted that looked at attachment relationships and how it
affected the right brain development.
9) Early Experiences Can Alter Gene Expression and Affect Long-Term Development.
How early experiences can alter gene expression.
10) Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain.
Stress and how it affects brain development.
11) Emotional trauma in infancy.
How infants and toddlers who are abused or neglected can be emotionally traumatized
by these experiences.
12) Early Childhood Investments Substantially Boost Adult Health
The benefits to society and economy of investing in prevention and early intervention.
13) The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
Daniel J Siegel, MD – How the caregiving environment affects brain development
14) Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions.
Why early intervention programs will be cost effective in the long run.
15) Vision Calibrates Sound Localization in Developing Barn Owls.
Study on barn owls and synaptic connections can be linked back to young children and
how easy it is for infants to learn new things.
16) Variations in maternal care in the rat as a mediating influence for the effects of
environment on development.
A study done on maternal care in rats and how it affected their pups. This can be linked
back to human infants as it can potentially model maternal care in humans.
17) Early Childhood Development: Royal College Position Statement
18) The social determinants of early child development: An overview.
There is a cost for access to this resource. The current state of knowledge of the critical social determinants of child development,
and the complex ways in which these can influence health trajectories.
19) Leave No Child Behind! Social Exclusion and Child Development.
20) Calm, Alert and Happy.
Written by Dr. Stuart Shanker. This paper provides an overview of self regulation during
the early years.
22) Child Temperament: An Integrative Review of Concepts, Research Programs, and
This article provides an overview of temperament.
23) Supporting Ontario’s youngest minds: Investing in the mental health of children under 6
Report on the state of mental health services for children under six in the province of