The work continues for Duchess Kate, whose focus on helping kids and families resumed today with a visit to a university to discuss the latest research into the first five years of children’s lives.

At the University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies, the Duchess of Cambridge—re-wearing a houndstooth Zara midi dress and a pair of gray Hugo Boss heels—met with leading researchers working on a new holistic study.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Kate said in a statement shared with outlets including, “Our early childhoods shape our adult lives and knowing more about what impacts this critical time is fundamental to understanding what we as a society can do to improve our future health and happiness.”

The university’s Children of the 2020s study promises to give further proof of the importance of the first nine months to five years of a child’s life and, Kate explained, “provide insights into the most critical aspects of early childhood, as well as the factors which support or hinder positive lifelong outcomes.”

She added, “I am committed to supporting greater in-depth research in this vital area and I’m delighted to be meeting all those behind the study at this early stage.”

Kate—who announced the new Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in June—chose to visit the university as its research will play an important role in her focus on the early years. It also promises, Kensington Palace wrote in a statement, to look at a “wide range of factors that affect children’s development and education in the early years, including the home environment, the community, early years services and the broader social and economic circumstances of the family.”

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