Better Data Needed for Monitoring and Promoting Infant and Toddler Well-Being
Children who are nurtured, protected, and supported in their first years of life are more likely to grow into healthy and productive adults. Specifically, the first three years of life are critical to healthy development because of the rapid changes in brain growth that occur when children are infants and toddlers. Yet many children are at risk of not developing optimal cognitive, physical, or social-emotional-behavioral health, and thus may not realize their full potential for well-being and positive outcomes. Monitoring child well-being with better data and common indicators may help states develop policies and programs that foster child development.