Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
The earliest years of a child’s life are critical for building the foundation for success in school and beyond. During these years, children’s brains develop rapidly, influenced heavily by their experiences.
Children who live in poverty face an array of environmental factors that can harm their development and life outcomes. With gaps between children from lower and higher income families beginning early in life, efforts to narrow disparities and facilitate economic mobility must start before birth and focus on the individuals who are most influential in children’s lives: parents, caregivers and teachers.
To drive real change in our community, we must seek opportunities to:
- Close the Word Gap and Support Enriching Home Environments
- Implement Universal Early Health and Developmental Screenings
- Ensure Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education
- Invest in a High-Quality Workforce of Early Childhood Teachers
- Eliminate Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Learning Settings