The ABC’s of Early Childhood

Trends, Information and Evidence for Use in Developing an Early Childhood System of Care and Education

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Iowa Forum for Children and Families

November 19, 1999

Summary

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. 

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Key Takeaway

Growing need for early childhood investments

Downward trends in child well-being in the first years of life indicate a need for greater investments that ensure children’s school readiness. This report shows an effective early childhood agenda involves both public and private sector activities – from family-supportive policies (e.g., personal, family and sick leave policies) to health care coverage and education programs.

Findings & Stats

Health Insurance

Children are the most likely people in America to lack medical insurance. 

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