A healthy childhood is the foundation of a healthy society, ensuring that children have a chance to develop their full potential and, at the same time, be protected from the potentially lifelong consequences of childhood adversity.
Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to have positive benefits in academic achievement, behaviour, educational progression and advancement, reduction in delinquency and criminality, and improved job market success, among others.
Positive parenting strategies and strong parent-child relationships have been found not only to promote positive development and adjustment in children, but also to make children more resilient to the harm caused by a range of negative experiences including bullying, and witnessing domestic violence. In contrast, harsh, inconsistent, and abusive parenting styles are associated with a variety of negative child outcomes.
Early childhood intervention coupled with parenting programmes can make a unique and indispensable contribution to child well-being, and ultimately give children the resilience to thrive even in challenging circumstances.