From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development


This report calls on the nation to thoroughly re-examine policies that affect children and increase its investments in their well-being.

Children undergo tremendous intellectual, emotional, and physical development from birth to age 5, yet current U.S. policies are based on little or no evidence that they actually promote children's well-being and do not encompass significant advances in neuroscience and the behavioral and social sciences. The report recommends that new investments take advantage of nearly 50 years of research on early childhood development to improve existing policies aimed at raising and educating young children.