Center on the Developing Child

A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug

Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof brings the impact of toxic stress to the forefront in this column for The New York Times. Addressing the American Academy of Pediatrics’ January 2012 policy statement, which features Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff as co-author, Kristof posits that the paper’s recommendations could have “revolutionary implications” for poverty, education, and health outcomes. As Kristof quotes the report, “Protecting young children from adversity is a promising, science-based strategy to address many of the most persistent and costly problems facing contemporary society.”

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