RAWALPINDI: Member, Boards of Trustees of Hashoo Foundation, Pakistan Sarmad Tariqa has said that Prenatal care and the quality of life experienced in the early years from birth to the first eight years highly affect the physical and mental development of children, and lay the foundation for cognitive, psychomotor and socio- emotional development in subsequent stages of life, says a press release. Therefore, investing in the field of early childhood development and education leads to high economic returns. It is the most cost-effective strategy to break the inter-generational transmission of poverty, and improves productivity and social cohesion within societies in the long run. He speaking at a certificate distribution ceremony.