Special Issue "Early Child Development: From Measurement to Optimal Functioning and Evidence-based Policy"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2020.
Interests: Dr. Schiariti is a physician-scientist whose work bridges clinical research and international child health. For more than 10 years, she worked with children with developmental disabilities in community and tertiary-level rehabilitation centers as a developmental pediatrician. As a researcher, her primary interest has been promoting an abilities-oriented approach in assessments and evaluations of children and youths with neurodevelopmental disabilities, guided by WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)
In the early years of life, the environments that interact with a child—including families, schools, and communities—play a key role in the child’s brain development. Early child development and overall children’s developmental trajectories have long-term implications for health, happiness, and earning potential as these children become adults. Importantly, failing to reach developmental potential contributes to global cycles of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. There is little public understanding of the importance of children’s first years and the critical developmental opportunity to reach optimal functioning. As such, global data on early child developments are crucial to inform the public and demand evidence-based policies and high-quality programs for children around the world.
This Special Issue seeks papers on early child development, including those on assessing the impact of programs and interventions related to children’s health, education, and participation that could inform evidence-based policies around the world. International representation of studies is highly sought. Methodological and implementation studies will be considered. High-quality narrative and systematic reviews will also be considered.
Dr. Verónica Schiariti
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- Child development
- Child health
- International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
- Social inclusion
- Children rights
- Social services
- Functional indicators
- Environmental interventions
- Evidence-based policy