Strengthening Early Childhood Health, Housing, Education, and Economic Well-Being Through Holistic Public Policy

SOURCE: Center for American Progress
By: Allie Schneider & Hailey Gibbs

As children transition from toddlerhood into early childhood, their health, development, and well-being continue to be strongly tied to an interconnected array of social and contextual factors that affect their access to safe housing, nutritious foods, health care coverage, educational opportunities, and economic security. The years between ages 3 and 6, sometimes referred to as the “preschool period,” also mark a shift in physical, cognitive, and behavioral development that sets early childhood apart from prior life stages and introduces a set of unique needs that should be addressed through holistic policies.

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