A Policy Vision for Supporting the Healthy Growth and Development of Every California Baby
In the first three years of a child’s life, foundational brain architecture is established, making children’s earliest experiences the most important. The creation of healthy brain architecture is dependent on good health, positive and nurturing relationships with adults, exposure to enriching learning opportunities and safe neighborhoods.
Yet too often in California, children—especially children of color, foster youth, and those growing up in poverty—lack the components critical for a healthy early life.
California’s policymakers are failing our state’s youngest children, paying far too little attention—and allocating far too few resources— to the critical and formative early years.
In a state known for innovation, California’s leaders must make sure that every California baby has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential—starting now.