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Map and Track 1998: State Initiatives for Young Children and Families

Knitzer, Jane; Page, Stephen

Recent research on early brain development and on-going research on the effects of comprehensive programs for young children and families point to the importance of investing in efforts to improve the well-being of young children and families. This report profiles what states are doing to promote the well-being of America’s youngest children and families. Map and Track asks and answers six core questions: 1. Are there statewide strategies to enhance the development of infants and toddlers? 2. Are there statewide strategies to promote early learning and well-being among preschool-aged children? 3. Are there statewide strategies to support families with young children as they face the challenges of parenting? 4. Are states linking comprehensive programs for young children with welfare reform implementation? 5. Are there strategies to mobilize community leadership around an agenda for enhancing the life chances and opportunities of America’s youngest citizens? 6. Is there high-level leadership, vision, and a coherent framework around which the state can develop and sustain a bipartisan commitment to its young children over time?

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National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University

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February 22, 2019