High-Quality Early Childhood Programs Are Key for a Strong New Mexico
Home visiting, child care, and preschool can help grow the economy, increase public safety, and enhance national security
Research shows that experiences children have in their earliest years, during a period of important brain growth, set the foundation for future development. Along with warm, nurturing parenting, high-quality early childhood programs–including home visiting, child care, and preschool–are critical to ensuring that New Mexico’s at-risk children get the best start possible.
Children’s early experiences also have consequences for our state and our nation
This factsheet examines how children’s early experiences also have implications for our national security, public safety, and future workforce, and the reasons why those concerned with the future strength of our state must invest now in quality early childhood programs.