Ensuring the Healthy Development of Young Children

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The earliest years have a big impact on healthy childhood development and outcomes later in life. Early childhood experiences literally shape the brain’s architecture, establishing either a sturdy or fragile base for all the learning, health and behavior that follows. A strong foundation in these early years improves the odds for positive outcomes, and a weak foundation increases the likelihood of problems later in life. When we invest in systems that ensure all children and their families are healthy, learning and thriving, we are making an investment in New Hampshire’s future. Unfortunately, New Hampshire lags behind much of the nation in public support for systems that serve young children and their families. To address this missed opportunity, our community partners work to raise awareness about the importance of investing in early childhood, solidify support for shared goals, promote use of data to make decisions, adopt quality programs and services, and advance financing and policy changes that make it easier for young children to thrive.

Our Strategic Grants are identified in partnership with key stakeholders. Interested applicants should contact Kim Firth for more information.

Exploring the Contexts of Child Well Being

If we want to assess how well children are doing, and identify solutions to challenges in child well-being, we must look not only at personal characteristics, but at the physical, social, economic and cultural environments in which children live and grow. Each of these contexts is represented in the image below, with the most direct, interpersonal contexts in the very center, and the less direct but significant contexts in outer rings.

Begin exploring by selecting a topic in the graphic (e.g., health). This will bring you all the indicators for that category (e.g., health insurance status, access to primary care, etc.). Selecting any of those indicators will bring you to an interactive data display.

Data Visualization Tool
Concept, content and data visualizations by Lynn Davey, Davey Strategies. Web design by Holly Valero, HollyWorks.

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Our Community Partners

New Futures

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Advocates, educates and collaborates to improve health and wellness through policy change

Family Support NH

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Establishing a statewide network of family support practice within New Hampshire

NH Children's Trust

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Leading the drive to ensure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children

Early Learning NH

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Supporting early childhood education to ensure all NH children have the opportunity to reach their full potential
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