SUFFICIENT HOUSEHOLD RESOURCES
Experiences of financial hardship during early childhood can disrupt healthy brain development and compromise the foundation for long-term learning, behavior, and health. Ensuring sufficient household resources is foundational to building a prenatal-to-3 system of care.
Three outcome measures illustrate whether families with young children have sufficient household resources:
- Child poverty,
- Crowded housing, and
- Food insecurity.
Based on comprehensive reviews of the most rigorous evidence available, the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center identified 12 effective solutions that foster the nurturing environments infants and toddlers need. Five policies and strategies have demonstrated effectiveness at supporting sufficient household resources.