Sadly, there are millions of children around the world that do not reach their full human potential due to many causes. Many of them struggle to get the adequate amount of nutrition needed to thrive. They may also lack the opportunity to attend school so they can learn skills that can improve their lives.
Early childhood development is important for every child on the planet. Those that do not have the opportunity to receive the nutrition or care that they need inevitably struggle with healthy development. Thus, lack of development leads to a shaky foundation that can lead to health problems, as well as emotional and mental problems.
Why is early childhood development important?
Each baby born has unlimited potential when it comes to factors like intelligence, purpose, and behavior. Babies are born as a clean slate so-to-speak, with the right to develop in healthy and humane ways.
However, not all babies are born into an environment that fosters such development. The result? A child can grow up encountering all sorts of adversities, which can cause problems as adults.
Here are a few facts about the importance of childhood development:
• A child’s brain develops very rapidly during their childhood years. It is in this time when a child’s brain will benefit from education and stimulation. Those children that lack the opportunity for such can suffer. Their brains do not develop as rapidly or as completely as necessary.
• Things that happen to a child during early childhood is of crucial importance for their development. It is during this time that they are very vulnerable to negative influences that can cause them a lifetime of suffering. It can also lead to death in the case of countries where children are born into extreme poverty.
• Children need and deserve adequate social, cognitive and emotional development. They deserve to have clean water and sanitation, a basic education that can teach them applicable skills for life, and nutritious food that can help them grow to be strong, healthy adults.
Early Childhood Intervention
There are various nonprofits and organizations who have dedicated their mission to providing early childhood intervention for children at a disadvantage. Recognizing how valuable the early childhood years are, men and women are making a difference in the children’s health and development. Whether that’s missionaries visiting impoverished areas of the world, or large organizations like UNICEF, there is a gathering of people who are committed to acting on behalf of these children.
What does healthy early childhood development look like?
A child that is developing in a healthy manner is physically strong, able to walk and run about with adequate energy to get through the day. They’re mentally alert and emotionally well. Their vibrant, curious, and they enjoy learning about life. Childhood experts assert that the first five years of a child’s life are extremely important. It is these years that are the foundation that influences the future of a child’s life.
When children grow up in deplorable conditions or an unsafe environment, chances are they will be affected in a negative way for the rest of their lives. However, when a child grows up in secure, safe, and functional conditions, they’re more apt to reach their highest potential. It is during these five years that children learn the most. They’re learning how to navigate life, but they’re also learning things like feeling safe and secure, getting a sense of who they are, and whether they’re accepted or not.
We can all lend a hand to healthy early childhood development
Parents that know the importance of child development are the best supporters as their children grow and develop. They make sure that their children have food, healthcare, education, and love. As caregivers of children, (a parent, teacher, or healthcare provider) it’s up to all of us to help raise children.
Early childhood development is important, so let’s commit to ensuring the rights of children everywhere to have a safe, healthy, and loving environment.
Moving forward, check out our blog for brain-stimulating activities for your child and put their development to work!