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Early Childhood Development
The University of Washington is a world leader in Early Childhood Development. We invite you to explore this website for information, links and more to help you navigate the UW's multi-disciplinary approach to topics ranging from brain development to childhood obesity.
The early years are critical to establishing a foundation for success in school. School readiness is about all aspects of child development, including physical well being, motor, social, communication and cognitive skills.
Infant language development is closely linked to the earliest experiences and social relationships. Explore current evidence-based information explaining how to facilitate and encourage young children’s early speech, language and communication skills.
Dentists and docs recommend that children see a dentist by the time they are 1 year old. The reason? Cavities can start early in kids, but are often preventable. Learn from UW researchers how to protect one of children’s greatest assets – their smile.
A good night’s sleep is essential to the health of both children and their parents. Our Children & Sleep section highlights what helps, and what hinders, a child’s ability to get a good night’s rest.
Children with developmental issues pose many unique challenges for families. UW researchers have been investigating how parents can help children with a developmental delay or disability reach their potential, while meeting the needs of the whole family.
Safe family reunification is an important goal. Learn how staying connected to their children, cooperating with Child Protective Services (CPS) and making smart lifestyle choices can help parents regain custody.
The attachment relationship between parent and baby is the foundation for a child’s sense of security and confidence. This section highlights the way in which healthy attachments are essential for social and emotional development.