Empowering Adults to Create Nurturing ConnectionsThe foundations for a lifetime of health and learning are built in the first five years of a child’s life. Adults in children’s lives are essential to creating healthy, nurturing, and engaging connections, so that our children are on track to reach their full potential in school and in life.
In 2015, the Foundation partnered with three California communities—San Jose, Oakland, and Fresno—to launch Starting Smart and Strong, our shared long-term commitment that every child grows up healthy and ready for kindergarten. As part of this effort, a series of briefs were commissioned to better understand what it takes to provide adults with the training and support they need to ensure all young children learn and grow. Profiles of each of the Starting Smart and Strong communities provide a snapshot of how these three communities are designing and testing innovative strategies to improve caregiving, teaching, and learning in early childhood.Learn More