During the first three years of life, the human brain undergoes astonishing development. These four activities - touching, talking, reading, and playing - can lay the foundation on which a child's life is built. Early brain development is largely shaped by environment; it is nurturing, supportive parenting that sparks a child's innate curiosity and desire to learn. This sets them on a path to lifetime learning.
The WIC program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children) provides checks or vouchers for certain foods that are nutritionally beneficial to pregnant women, new mothers and children up to five years of age who are nutritionally at risk and meet other income requirements.
An emergency such as a natural disaster often comes with little warning and very little time to plan. Even when a crisis hits on a more personal level (a house fire or loss of a job, for example) having a plan beforehand can help families cope.
The first few years of children’s lives are marked by rapid development that is not matched by any other period of life.1 What children eat and its nutritional value contributes to both physical health and cognitive development, influencing their school readiness and academic success.2