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Bridging Research and Practice - The Role of Child Care in Supporting Emotional Needs of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers

by Jennifer A. Mortensen and Ross A. Thompson
July/August 2017
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The Role of Child Care in Supporting Emotional Needs of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers

Research by Jennifer A. Mortensen

Children under three years old experience more maltreatment and suffer higher rates of serious injury than any other age group (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). Maltreatment that occurs under age three is particularly damaging for young children’s emotional wellbeing. Parental maltreatment of infants and toddlers is the ultimate failure of the environment to provide the caregiving experiences necessary for healthy development (Cicchetti et al., 2000). Maltreatment encompasses neglect, physical abuse, physiological maltreatment, and sexual abuse. 

An important question for early education programs is how to best support the emotional needs of maltreated young children in their care? Many of these children already attend programs, and recent federal initiatives have expanded access to quality child care ...

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