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Families with Children 0-8

FAMILIES AT THE CORE

Our new CORE work changes the way we help families by addressing the root causes of a family’s struggle and dismantling the systems that keep families trapped in poverty.
 
The 2-Generational Approach is not limited to only parents. It works to address the needs of the whole household (child and the adults caring for that child) at the same time.
 
The learning, development, and stability of a child’s early years is crucial to their success in life. 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.
  1. In the first few years of life, brain development occurs at an astonishing rate.
  2. A child’s readiness for school is a strong determinant of how well he or she will fare as an adult.
  3. Reading by age 8 is a strong predictor of a child’s future success.
  4. Investments in early learning yield significant returns to the economy and prosperity for all.
  5. 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.
 
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 social capital has the greatest potential for long-term outcomes and will create access to opportunity for generations to come.