Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities thrive, new Lancet Series finds

249 million children under five are at risk of not reaching developmental potential, implementing low-cost interventions could reverse this trend. (…)

“The science and economics are clearly on the side of investing in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, starting with a woman’s pregnancy,” said Keith Hansen, Vice President, Human Development at the World Bank Group. “If we don’t do this, children fall behind long before they set foot in school and suffer a lifetime of disadvantage. But if we do, we can make an irrevocable difference to their ability to fully participate in the economies of tomorrow as active, productive citizens.

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