This New Republic article shows new research establishing a causal relationship between trouble in very early childhood and later in life and why it makes economic sense to address this trouble earlier rather than later.
The research says childhood adversity causes damage to the brain’s developing architecture and after age two this damage is difficult and expensive to repair. The author argues if action is taken during the first two years we can close disparities and prevent achievement gaps thereby reducing healthcare costs, high school dropout rates, crime, and poverty.
The Two Year Window: The new science of babies and brains- and how it could revolutionize the fight against poverty.
The New Republic – November 9, 2011