The National Governors Association (NGA) released a report from the June 5, 2018 expert roundtable in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The roundtable was convened in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
More than 25 participants gathered, representing researchers; practitioners; health, education and human services policy experts; and staff from governors’ offices and state agencies in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Washington. The purpose of the roundtable was to review the latest research and hear examples of states that are integrating services for their youngest children and easing burdens on parents and families.
To ensure that our next generation has a strong start and that children’s biography is marked by resilience, curiosity and hope, participants at the roundtable acknowledged that all children need:
- Families and caregivers who are supported so that they can have responsive relationships with children.
- Good nutrition, safe environments and health care.
- Quality early care and early learning experiences to support cognitive, social and emotional development.
- Strong communities that are safe and provide tailored support.
- Systems and policies that facilitate integration of services so that children and families get the help that is most meaningful to them.
These components interact to help mitigate adverse life conditions and lead to positive outcomes for children.
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