Exposure to Green Space Promotes Early Childhood Development

Researchers from the faculty of forestry and faculty of medicine of the University of British Columbia in Canada found that living in areas with better availability of green spaces may promote early childhood development.Exposure to Green Space Promotes Early Childhood Development

For their research, scientists analyzed the developmental scores of 27,372 children in Metro Vancouver who attended kindergarten in 2005–2011. They estimated the amount of green space around each child's residence from birth to age five, and assessed levels of traffic-related air pollution and community noise.

Study author Ingrid Jarvis, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of forest and conservation sciences at UBC, says: “Most of the children were doing well in their development, in terms of language skills, cognitive capacity, socialization, and other outcomes. But what's interesting is that those children living in a residential location with more vegetation and richer natural environments showed better overall development than their peers with less green space.”

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