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The earliest years of life play a decisive role in a child's prospects for a healthy life, explains Harvard's Jack Shonkoff.
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With soaring unemployment, millions falling behind in rent and mile-long food bank lines, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a food and housing crisis of epic proportions.
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Our long pre-history has primed our brains to think about the short term during acutely stressful scenarios, says UCSF's Alexandra Crosswell.
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As women and mothers, we are astonished at the reported conditions. But as pediatricians, we are deeply concerned about the long-term health impacts of these kids are likely to face.
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The Harvard researcher who led a famous study of Romanian orphans tells reporters there are lots of science-based reasons to worry about separating migrant children from their families at the border.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised 2019-2020 budget proposal Thursday, setting forth an agenda that uses the state’s tax windfall to bolster early childhood programs and cut costs for struggling families.
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“I have bad news for you,” my editor said during a phone call in late August 2017. “We’re closing in two weeks.”
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The New Orleans City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for the city's public and private schools to address the role of trauma in the lives of their students.
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Trauma researcher Natalie Slopen can't stop thinking about recent news footage showing a tearful father embracing his unresponsive son after a long forced separation.
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“The Children of Central City” is a powerful set of stories and videos that uncover the deep emotional and physical scars born by New Orleans’ most vulnerable kids.

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