Research shows investing early creates not only the best health outcomes, but also the greatest return on investment. Through support for evidence-based early childhood development programs, we can ensure our youngest Kansans enjoy nurturing family environments so they are primed for a healthy life and prepared for school success.
Our Goal: Ensure children are physically, mentally and socially healthy and go to school ready to learn.
Acting early in a child’s life to address developmental adversity helps pave the way to school success and a lifetime of good health. We support universal screening for early identification of social/emotional risks and challenges, as well as evidence-based early interventions like Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) that foster healthy brain development through nurture.
Early nutrition plays a key role in long-term health. Through grants that encourage breastfeeding-friendly hospital policies and other advocacy work, we’ve made huge strides in breastfeeding initiation and duration, but minority populations still lag in both areas. We continue to support work to close this gap through both awareness and policy initiatives.