We strongly believe that both the pregnancy period and the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life are times of great opportunity and importance.
Research shows that these earliest years of a child’s life are a crucial period of holistic development, with the ability for excessive prenatal and postnatal toxic stress to create a lifetime of physical, mental, emotional, and social outcomes.
More specifically, adverse early childhood experiences can fuel intergenerational cycles of poverty. In New York City, nearly one in four children under the age of 3 live in poverty, and Black and Hispanic children face even higher rates of poverty, material hardships, and health problems. The challenges these families in particular face are rooted in income inequality, systemic racism, food insecurity, a lack of stable, affordable housing, and anti-immigration policy -- to name just a few barriers.
Although the return on early investments in childhood are the strongest across a lifespan, as a country we spend the least amount of money on children in their earliest years when compared to other developed nations, namely from birth to age three.
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Our Early Childhood Development portfolio focuses on New York City-based organizations that focus on supporting birthing parents and babies during pregnancy and the earliest days of life. Our work focuses on preventing, versus undoing, in an effort to have real, palpable change on the lives of New York’s littlest ones and next generation.