Nurture for Their Future

The Importance of Strengthening Young Children’s Relationships with Parents and Caregivers

By Voices for Illinois Children

January 22, 2004

Summary

This report outlines where Illinois currently stands — and how it can do better — in strengthening relationships between caregivers and young children. It pairs policy recommendations with actions individuals can take to help give the state’s youngest residents the healthiest start possible.

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Key Takeaway

The goal: support the social, emotional and educational development of Illinois’ young children

This report shares 11 policy moves aimed at helping Illinois build healthy relationships between its youngest children and their caregivers. It kicks off with a call to expand upon the Family and Medical Leave Act by opening it up to more parents and offering them paid leave from work.  

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Priority Mismatch

The vast majority of brain development takes place during a child’s first few years of life, yet less than 10% of public spending on children occurs during this same time period. 

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