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AAP Agenda for Children: Early Brain and Child Development Priority Initiative

​The Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) initiative challenges its members to integrate the expanding neurodevelopmental sciences of early brain development into the knowledge and practice of pediatrics to intentionally drive the transformation of medical homes to build collaborations with the broader early childhood community to assure healthy physical, developmental and relational health of all children.

The AAP appointed a leadership workgroup in late 2010 and they have been meeting since late 2010  to develop a work plan to address the 3 top line priority areas identified: Advocacy/Systems change; Point of Care/Practice Transformation; and Community Resources/Family Invo​lvement. They have developed specific goals and objectives for each priority area and determined their role as the strategic oversight body for the Academy’s activities related to early brain and child development. For more information, visit the EBCD Web site.​

AAP Reso​urces

Policy Statement: Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health: This p​​olicy statement discusses how pediatricians are ideally positioned to inform science-based policies and programs that prevent or mitigate the damage associated with such health-threatening adversities as poverty, maltreatment, parental depression, and exposure to violence. 

Technical Report: The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress: This technical report proposes an instructive framework that helps us understand h​​ow the biological consequences of psychosocial adversity are no less real than the damaging physical effects of poor nutrition or exposure to lead. 

Policy Statement:  The Pediatrician's Role in Family Support and Family Support Programs: This policy statement recommends opportunities for pediatricians to develop their expertise in assessing the strengths and stresses in families, in counseling families about strategies and resources, and in collaborating with others in their communities to support family relationships.


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