FAMILIES AT THE CORE
Our new CORE work recognizes that every family is unique with different strengths and struggles. It places families at the core of a collaborative system of care to provide the services and opportunities needed to move both child and adult toward successful outcomes.
The profound benefits of early learning and development in young children helped us to narrow our focus to children birth to age 8 and their families as the first step into our new work.
WHY YOUNG CHILDREN?
The learning, development, and stability of a child’s early years is crucial to their success in life.
- In the first few years of life, brain development occurs at an astonishing rate.
- A child’s readiness for school is a strong determinant of how well he or she will fare as an adult.
- Reading by age 8 is a strong predictor of a child’s future success.
- Investments in early learning yield significant returns to the economy and prosperity for all.
- Nurturing in those early years, including the development of executive functioning skills and avoidance of toxic stress, has a profound effect on a child’s learning and well-being.
Learn more about the benefits of early childhood education here.
“To build strong families, we need to dismantle the systems that keep families trapped in poverty and understand what families really need in life,”
– Marjorie Sims, Ascend at The Aspen Institute
We believe providing children birth to age 8 and their families with low income coordinated access to early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, health and well-being, and community connections has the greatest potential for long-term outcomes and will create a system of care that benefits the whole family and generations to come.