Importance of a Strong Start
Many adult health conditions have their origins in childhood and adolescence. Creating the right conditions for early childhood development is likely to be more effective and less costly than addressing problems at a later age.
Safe, Stable, Nurturing Environments
Environments that nurture early childhood and adolescent physical and mental health today help create strong and resilient adults tomorrow.
Working for a Healthy Beginning for All Children
Almost one in four children in California lives in poverty, which is often associated with factors that negatively affect their health. We can minimize many health inequities by working to ensuring that all our children have the strongest possible foundations for future success.
Our entire community contributes to providing a healthy beginning for a child. Parents, teachers, schools, the health care system, public health institutions, government, and other partners all have important roles to play.
Before the Beginning
Healthy Beginnings are not just about childhood. Women’s health before and during pregnancy, access to health care, economic stability and social support, along with the health of family and community, all contribute to a healthy start.
Innovations in Healthy Beginnings
Check out creative ways that innovators in many organizations and communities are working to improve outcomes in Healthy Beginnings.