Early Childhood Justice

More than 1 in 5 infants are born into poverty, facing obstacles to healthy development from their first breath. The conditions surrounding a child prenatally and in the first years of life will shape the path of that child’s life.

Every infant should have the opportunity to develop, learn, and thrive in a supportive family and community. Effective programs--including home visiting, Early Head Start, quality child care, and Early Intervention--along with economic stability, safe housing, and access to healthcare can help ameliorate poverty’s proven ill effects.

We believe that helping all children receive a strong start in life will benefit us all. In partnership with advocates across all issue areas, the Shriver Center is creating an action plan to expand access to early childhood programs and promote policies that support children within strong families and communities, state by state.