Early Childhood Development
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Most of us believe that we can’t have the kind of community we want if our children aren’t doing well. While many children are thriving, many others fall behind during their earliest years. Children in families with limited economic resources and opportunities start their school years behind their peers, and have difficulty catching up. This creates hardship for every child who falls behind, for their communities, and for families who are trying to build better lives.
We all want our children to become healthy, happy, productive adults. To reach this goal, all of us need to be involved: parents, families, schools, businesses, and other community members from all walks of life.
In spring of 2010, Everyday Democracy launched Strong Starts for Children, a New Mexico-based initiative that aims to help communities work together for the success of all children. We've developed a discussion guide on the topic of early childhood development for this initiative and for communities around the country that are experiencing the challenges of helping all of their children succeed.
Focus on children to prevent disparities
What many perceive as an “achievement gap” is actually an “opportunity gap” that starts at the beginning of life. The cycle of inequity can be stopped - but we must work together to create a future where all children can thrive.
Inspired residents shape their own future
We all want a better future for our children. What does it look like when residents come together in dialogues to create change? Learn about how a group of residents are creating a healthier, safer community where everyone's voice is heard.
Generation Justice: A youth perspective
Young people involved with the Generation Justice youth media project learned first-hand the importance of early childhood development by documenting the progress of five dialogue-to-change programs. Now, they pull back the curtain to share their perspective.