Minnesota ahead of the pack in some prenatal, early childhood policies


Minnesota policies support expectant parents and young children more than other states, but there is still room for improvement, according to a team of Vanderbilt researchers. 

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at Vanderbilt University evaluates how public policy measures impact child and family welfare. Reams of evidence show the earliest years are the most important in a child’s development, while early trauma or hunger can lead to costly social, health and economic problems well into adulthood.

Read the full article from Minnesota Reformer


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