The Lancet’s Early Childhood Development Series 2016

Published October 5, 2016

The Lancet is launching a new Early Childhood Development Series, highlighting scientific evidence for early childhood interventions and proposing pathways to scale.

The Series stresses the high cost of inaction – an estimated 250 million children aged under five are now at risk of suboptimal development – and the need to support families to provide nurturing care from the very start of a child’s life. Case studies from diverse regions explore how government leadership can successfully scale up proven interventions.

You can download the eight-page executive summary or bullet-point core messages, or find the full papers at You can also watch the launch online from Washington DC on Wednesday October 5 at 18:00 UTC (14:00 EDT, 20:00 CEST).