The science of early childhood development tells us the sudden, forcible separation of children from their parents is deeply traumatic for both. And even if families are detained together, the stress on both parents and children can affect their healthy development across the lifespan. Prolonged institutionalisation and neglect are critical issues that transcend political ideology and partisanship, and speak to the heart of what the mission of the Center on the Developing Child is all about. 

This compilation of resources explains the impact of toxic stress, child maltreatment, and neglect on early childhood development. It also includes testimonies, statements, and media coverage from Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. and members of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.