Re "Study links lifelong health to early care for poor children" (Page A10, March 28): A study demonstrated after 42 years that poor children given stimulating day care and nutritious food in their early years were healthier as adults compared with a similar group not provided the assistance. The gains in cognition and social and emotional development were expected, but better health was a surprise.
It strikes me as strange that a country as rich as ours needs statistical proof that good emotional, educational and nutritional care for very young children of the poor, among whom resources are scarce, makes a difference in the long term. Countries in Europe, including Scandinavia, and other regions of the world provide care for all their children at no less than the level received by those in the experimental group.
It is time that we as a nation provide as their birthright the care all young children need.
-- Dr. Sharon J. Alexander, Sacramento