"A wonderful document of all the research and thinking about the first three years of a child and family's development. I recommend it as a resource for all of us who are interested in outreach and intervention for families with small children."-T. Berry Brazelton, M.D; "This book offers policymakers essential information about child development and the need for a continuum of supports to both children and their families. I highly recommend it for all concerned about the healthy development of our children."-Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund; "A masterfully woven tapestry of early childhood policy and science. Ed Zigler and his colleagues connect the dots between what we know from science into what we should do for our nation's infants, toddlers, and their families."-Matthew E. Melmed, Executive Director, Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Author Biography: Edward Zigler is the Sterling Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Yale University and director of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Matia Finn-Stevenson is a research scientist at Yale University, associate director of the Bush Center, and director of the School of the 21st Century program. Nancy W. Hall is a doctoral candidate at Yale University.
Current Perspectives in Psychology Series
The authors, all psychology professors at Yale, state that their goal is to "explore how new research and old can be integrated into a foundation on which we can build effective family policy." They then explain that the new neuroimaging techniques support the common wisdom on how to help endangered families. The latest high-tech research has found that good prenatal nutrition and medical care, paid family-leave policies, and good daycare help young children and their families. Although the book does much to demonstrate that the media often distort the conclusions of scientific research, not much new is offered here from the public policy perspective. Smaller public libraries that own Hillary Rodham Clinton's It Takes a Village don't need this title. For large academic and public libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA