The past few years have starkly exposed the inequities in our society and systems that are perpetuated by discrimination and racism. Research shows that significant stressors, such as poverty, violence, or housing instability, can have negative effects on development, mental and physical health, social well-being, and family relationships. These realities are especially challenging for families with young children, families of color, immigrants, and those with limited resources and social supports.
So how do we give parents and caregivers the care and support they need to take care of their families and, as a result, create healthier, resilient, and more connected communities for every child and family?
One of the most important ways is by creating a society that prioritizes and promotes Early Relational Health because all children — but particularly those experiencing disadvantage and adversity — need strong, positive, and nurturing relationships to grow and thrive.