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Early Head Start Plays Key Role in Reducing Child Maltreatment

11/05/2018 1:23 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

A new study finds that participation in Early Head Start improves key factors shown to prevent child maltreatment. The report—co-authored by researchers from Child Trends, Portland University’s Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Studies, and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Brazelton Touchpoints Center—shows that Early Head Start programs reduce family conflict and parenting stress; support emotionally warm, responsive parenting practices; and promote child cognitive development. By strengthening these four factors, Early Head Start programs reduce the likelihood that a child will become involved in the child welfare system from birth to age 16. Learn more.

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