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October 30, 2019
Oct. 30 is Early Head Start Day, a national advocacy campaign lead by ZERO TO THREE calling for additional federal funding for Early Head Start.
Of the 12 million infants and toddlers across the U.S., nearly 1 in 5 lives in poverty. Early Head Start is the only federally funded program that provides intensive, comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers under age 3, pregnant women, and their families.
Research shows that Early Head Start participation boosts learning, language, health and behavior of our youngest children while providing a variety of services for families in need.
But with great benefit comes a still greater demand. Early Head Start and Head Start programs are few and far between, with less than 20 in Alaska. This means that 93% of the infants and toddlers eligible for Early Head Start in the state are not currently being served.
On this Early Head Start Day, join ZERO TO THREE’s Think Babies campaign and learn how you can make sure the potential of every baby is a national priority.
Also, read the State of Alaska’s Babies fact sheet and see how local infants, toddlers, and their families are faring with respect to development.
This month, U.S. Congress is making funding decisions regarding Early Head Start as part of overall Head Start funding. Take action and ask your elected officials to invest! Click here to get started.
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