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For more information on child development, including parenting, contact the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The Institute supports and conducts research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations, including parenting and how parenting practices influence children’s growth and development.

The mission of the NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from the reproductive process, and that all children have the chance to fulfill their potential for a healthy and productive life, free of disease or disability, and to ensure the health, well-being, independence, and productivity of all people through optimal rehabilitation.

You can contact the NICHD at:

NICHD Information Resource Center
Phone: 1-800-370-2943 (TTY: 1-888-320-6942)
Fax: 1-866-760-5947
Mail: P.O. Box 3006, Rockville, MD 20847


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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
NIH Pub. No. 00-4842

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