Families and Work Institute, a New York-based nonprofit organization, coordinated a national campaign to promote young children's healthy development.
The goals of this campaign were to:
- Raise public awareness about the importance of the first three years of life.
- Work with national and local leaders to improve programs for young children and their families.
- Connect families to the information, resources and services they need.
- Families and Work Institute established the Early Childhood Public Engagement Network to raise public awareness, increase public will, and work with national, state, and community leaders.
- Families and Work Institute published five books or pamphlets on such topics as early childhood brain development, community mobilization, and measuring progress in the development of an early childhood system.
- Staff made more than 100 site visits, provided telephone consultation, and attended meetings and conferences throughout the United States.
- The group established a toll-free number that families could call to get materials and resource lists.
- Some 16 states and cities have created legislation based on new early childhood research supplied by the campaign, according to the project director.
- Families and Work Institute and the National Latino Children's Institute cosponsored a national conference entitled Sparking the Connections: La Familia, Los Niños, y La Comunidad (the Family, the Children, and the Community).