Resources By Issue - Early Childhood Development

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.


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Strong Starts was designed to use the Everyday Democracy dialogue-to-change model in community dialogues to reveal perceptions, priorities and policy preferences, and ultimately help improve...
This five-session discussion guide helps people get involved in an important issue facing all of us: the well-being of our youngest children. The guide looks at how we are connected to the lives of...
Esta guía para diálogos comunitarios ayuda a los padres y madres y otras personas en la comunidad a hablar sobre como mejorar el bienestar de nuestros niños más pequeños. Esta guía examina las...
Este reporte da un resumen de las conclusiones expuestas en el foro para la toma de deciones políticas del programa Un buen comienzo para los niños llevado a cabo en Santa Fe, New Mexico el 24 de...
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A list of external resources for early childhood development.
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Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.