This report provides evidence to support greater investment in a comprehensive system of early childhood care and education. Trends affecting child well-being in Iowa are discussed, along with indicators for developing policies and programs that ensure a strong start in life for all children.
Interaction between a child and a caregiver are crucial in the development of the brain’s hardwiring.
Children are the most likely people in America to lack medical insurance.
High-quality preschool programs for low-income and otherwise vulnerable children are a sound investment.
Investing in services for disadvantaged preschool children and their families results in long-term benefits to society.
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One of the first steps that needs to be taken is to identify the level of expansion needed – in health care coverage, family support and parenting education programming, preschool programs and child care – to reach all those children and their families who need them.
Brain development research indicates that the first three years of life are crucial to neural development and can have life-long impacts regarding health cognitive/emotion development.
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