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Child Development in the First Five Years


This video, produced by The Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago, Illinois, is sobering and inspiring. It’s easy to forget that thousands of babies and young children are born into conditions each year that are detrimental to learning and emotional development.

Proper rest, good nutrition, and a safe home life — all highlighted in this video — are things that many of us take for granted. For Missouri’s children born into poverty, however, those basic needs are not always met.

The years from birth to kindergarten have a lasting impact on a child’s school readiness and his or her long-term stability and success. Kids who are raised in healthy, nurturing homes have a head start on those who are not.

According to UNICEF:

“Children who receive assistance in their early years achieve more success at school. As adults they have higher employment and earnings, better health, and lower levels of welfare dependence and crime rates than those who don’t have these early opportunities.” (Source)

One of our goals at Missouri Parent is to provide information to public school parents like you that will help your child to be successful in school. In this case, the information we’ll share is designed to help parents make sure their younger children are prepared for school physically, emotionally, and intellectually when that first day of kindergarten comes along.

We’ll explore the importance of sleep, nutrition, and a healthy home life on Missouri’s youngest learners: babies, toddlers, and preschoolers from birth to five years old. Along the way, we’ll share links to helpful resources for your family, and we’ll highlight policies and other state initiatives that can help prepare Missouri’s young children for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Come back to read about the important of rest, and to discover resources available in Missouri that help families provide a safe place for young children to sleep at night, get nutritious meals, and give their kids a safe and supportive home life.

Learn More About the Importance of Early Childhood Education:

Now for Later: A Campaign for Early Childhood Education in Missouri
Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in Missouri
Missouri Updates to 10 by 20
Tax Breaks Don’t Benefit Students

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