Our Priorities

Thriving Children

Children are more likely to thrive when they have a healthy start and quality learning experiences.

To ensure children thrive, we focus on improving access to high-quality, early childhood education and education systems, where families are engaged in schools and practices are rooted in a community’s cultures and languages.

To support families in giving their children a healthy start, we advance models that are proven to support healthy birth outcomes, quality maternal-infant health care and children’s early development. We invest in efforts that increase breastfeeding rates, especially in communities of color; that expand access to oral health care through providers called dental therapists; and that increase access to fresh, local healthy food and improve nutrition for children and families in early child care settings, in schools and across communities.

To promote greater health equity, we promote community voices and leverage strategic partnerships and policy and systems changes to help families and civic leaders play an active role in making children’s development and well-being central to their decision-making.

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