ENSURING THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

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.


Selection Criteria and Application Process

Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders. They focus on building a coalition, increasing the knowledge base, growing leadership and community support, and increasing funding and support for policy.

Contact Kim Firth to share an idea or opportunity for advancing the strategies and outcomes of the Early Childhood priority area.