Proper nutrition supports perinatal health, influences birth outcomes, and lays the foundation for a newborn’s long-term health. Receiving adequate nutrition in the early years prevents malnutrition and, as a result, promotes physical and brain development and builds a strong immune system. The quality of the nutrition infants and toddlers receive helps set the trajectory for their physical growth, cognitive skills, and emotional health.
Reducing the administrative burden can help more caregivers and children access the assistance and benefits they need. The research presented here focuses on administrative burden for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but policies to reduce administrative burden apply to any public assistance and benefit program that states implement.