Early Childhood

A mother feeding her infant.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Must Start Early

Quality early care and education programs can positively affect later health outcomes.

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Photo of a toddler in diapers.

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!

A Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative

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Photo of a teacher instructing a girl in a preschool classroom.

Rhode Island Partners with Institutions of Higher Education

By providing opportunities for higher education for its educators, the state ensures its children’s developmental and educational needs will be met.

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Photo of Head Start teacher instructing six children in a classroom.

Improving Head Start Teachers’ Ability to Promote Children’s Social-emotional Development

In one year, teachers in 104 Head Start centers and 307 classrooms across the country increased their use of evidence-based practices in support of children’s social-emotional development.

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Photo of young child with a thermometer suffering from a fever.

Planning an Effective Response for the Next Epidemic — with Children in Mind

ACF's Dallas Regional Office focuses on children and the early childhood development community during emergency planning conference.

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Photo of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Tribal Home Visiting Team: Brandi Smallwood, Judy McDaniel and Barbara Moffitt

A Big Week for Tribal Early Childhood Programs

New and exciting opportunities for tribal communities to expand high-quality early learning and development launched this year.

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Mark Greenberg

A Systematic Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

This week the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness released a multi-pronged approach to ending family homelessness.

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Photo of President Barack Obama talking to a little girl playing with blocks in an early learning center.

Opportunity for All

The foundations of opportunity begin at birth and grow rapidly during the early years of life.

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Photo of Administration of Native Americans Commissioner Lillian Sparks

ACF Is Deepening Our Relationship with Tribes

Commissioner Sparks Robinson recently provided updates to the United South and Eastern Tribes who were in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss cross cutting issues on education, social services and economic development.

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President Obama delivering his State of the Union address.

State of the Union Spotlights Early Childhood Education

President Obama reminded us that research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education.

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