Early childhood intervention : rationale, timing, and efficacy

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Title: Early childhood intervention : rationale, timing, and efficacy
Authors: Doyle, Orla
Tremblay, Richard Ernest
Harmon, Colm
Heckman, James J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/546
Date: Jan-2007
Abstract: This paper provides a brief review of the economic rationale for investing in early childhood. It discusses the optimal timing of intervention, with reference to recent work in developmental neuroscience, and asks how early is early? It motivates the need for early intervention by providing an overview of the impact of adverse factors during the antenatal and early childhood period on outcomes later in life. Early childhood interventions, even poorly designed ones, are costly to implement, therefore it is vital that interventions are well-designed if they are to yield high economic and social returns. The paper therefore presents a set of guiding principles for the effectiveness of early intervention. It concludes by presenting a case for a new study of the optimal timing of interventions.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin, Geary Institute
Copyright (published version): UCD Geary Institute
Keywords: Early childhood intervention;Brain development;Optimal timing
Subject LCSH: Child development
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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