Family Support

Economic hardship and other types of deprivation (child neglect or abuse) can have profound effects on children’s development and their prospects for the future. Low family income can impact children’s cognitive development and ability to learn. It can contribute to behavioral, social and emotional problems. The greatest risk is for young children who experience economic hardship, especially that of a severe and chronic nature.

Family Support initiatives help parents develop and use available resources that enable them to nurture and support the healthy development of their children. Family support services range from providing information about early learning, to helping families to access economic security benefits and connect with other families and community services.

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POVERTY FACT SHEET: IMPLICATIONS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS

One of the most consistent associations in the science of early childhood is between economic hardship and compromised child development. Poverty can compromise every aspect of a child’s development, leading to short‐ and long‐term effects on health, chievement in school, and success in life. This fact sheet from the Zero to Three provides an overview of poverty as it pertains to the healthy development of infants and toddlers.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS:  PARALLELS BETWEEN INFANT-TODDLER DEVELOPMENT AND THE PUBLIC POLICY PROCESS
Working with infants, toddlers and their families is all about relationships. We know from scientific research that every domain of development is impacted by nurturing, caring relationships in early childhood. “Babies are born with a drive to relate to and connect with others, and they continue to develop the social skills necessary to form strong, healthy relationships throughout their lives.