High-quality early education and child care for young children improves their health and promotes their development and learning. Early education includes all of a child’s experiences at home, in child care, and in other preschool settings. Pediatricians have a role in promoting access to quality early education and child care beginning at birth for all children. The American Academy of Pediatrics affords pediatricians the opportunity to promote the educational and socioemotional needs of young children with other advocacy groups. Pediatrics 2005;115:187–191; early education, child care, early care and education, preschool, social and emotional development, early brain development, kindergarten readiness, indicators of quality, role of the pediatrician.

Source: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

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