ENSURING THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

Children of the Granite State are the next generation of leaders. That’s why we support Spark NH in its work to ensure that all New Hampshire children and their families are healthy, learning and thriving.

Overview

Scientific research demonstrates the importance of early childhood experiences to healthy development and health outcomes.  Early childhood experiences literally shape the brain’s architecture, establishing either a sturdy or fragile base for all the learning, health and behavior that follows. A strong foundation in these early years improves the odds for positive outcomes, and a weak foundation increases the odds of problems later in life. When we invest in systems that ensure all children and their families are healthy, learning and thriving, we are making an investment in New Hampshire’s future.  Unfortunately, New Hampshire lags behind much of the nation in public support for systems that serve young children and their families.  To address this missed opportunity, our community partners work to raise awareness about the importance of investing in early childhood, solidify support for shared goals, promote use of data to make decisions, adopt quality programs and services, and advance financing and policy changes that make it easier for young children to thrive.

Outcomes

Our grants in the early childhood targeted initiative advance the following outcomes:

  • Stakeholders across sectors agree on a common set of goals and policy priorities for NH’s children
  • Well-connected stakeholders across sectors at the local, regional and state level work together to implement shared goals and policy priorities
  • A diverse base of stakeholders are actively engaged in promoting the importance of investing in young children
  • Enhanced capacity to collect, analyze and use cross-sector data to make decisions and improve outcomes for young children
  • NH has adopted shared Standards of Practice in policy areas prioritized by Spark NH
  • Stronger and more diverse base of funding for early childhood programs and services
  • A strong advocacy infrastructure that mobilizes stakeholders and promotes, monitors and reports on policy change
  • Public policies that make it easier for young children to thrive

Selection Criteria and Application Process

Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders.  Interested applicants should contact Kim Firth to discuss an idea and opportunities for advancing strategies and outcomes.

Contact Kim Firth for more information.