• Child development is a base for community development and economic development, as capable children become the foundation of a sustainable society. They bring new inovative ideas and can do something different for society. One individual person can also change the society so it is extremely important for parents/primary schools/institutions to focus on early childhood development as these children are future leaders.
Today’s children will become tomorrow’s citizens, workers, and parents. When we fail to provide children with what they need to build a strong founda¬tion for healthy and productive lives, we put our future prosperity and security at risk.
When we invest wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. Therefore it is very important to focus today on early childhood development to make our country productive.
Concepts of Development
Concept 1: Child development is a foundation for community develop¬ment and economic development, as capable children become the foundation of a prosperous and sustainable society. Parents/institutions/teachers should therefore focus on physical, mental, cognitive development of a child.
Concept 2: Brains are built over time.
The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood.
Implications for Policy and Practice
• When systems are put in place to monitor the development of all children continuously over time, problems that require attention can be identified early and appropriate responses can be made. This can be accomplished by appropriately trained physicians, nurse practitioners, or developmental specialists within the context of regular health care,
Concept 3: The interactive influences of genes and experience literally shape the architecture of the developing brain, and the active ingredient is the “serve and return” nature of children’s engagement in relationships with their parents and other caregivers in their family or community.
Concept 4: Both brain architecture and developing abilities are built “from the bottom up,” with simple circuits and skills providing the scaffolding for more advanced circuits and skills over time.
Concept 5: Cognitive, emotional, and social capabilities are inextricably intertwined throughout the life course.
Concept 6: Toxic stress in early childhood is associated with persistent effects on the nervous system and stress hormone systems that can damage developing brain architecture and lead to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. Stress in early childhood can be either growth-promoting or seriously damaging
Concept 7: Creating the right conditions for early childhood development is likely to be more effective and less costly than addressing problems at a later age.