Early Childhood

The first five years are a critical period of a child’s life. The events that occur during early childhood set the stage for future development. The quality of a child’s early relationships and environments has a profound impact on whether children develop vulnerability or resiliency that will impact the rest of their lives.

What We Do

  • Support positive early childhood development and school readiness by strengthening community capacity for quality early care and education.
  • Use community partnerships to connect families and communities with the information and health resources they need to develop healthy, educated children.
  • Protect school age children and adolescents from poor health outcomes by enhancing the strengths and resources of communities and schools, and building the assets and resiliency of young people and their families.