Family Support - The Issues - BUILD Initiative
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Family Support

Family support is a critical component of an early childhood system. All families should have access to economic and parenting supports to ensure all children have nurturing and stable relationships with caring adults.

Helping Parents Provide a Nurturing Home

Helping families function well, helps children’s long-term wellbeing.Family support includes efforts such as home visiting, parent education, family literacy, income and workforce support, family presentation services, and extended paid family leave. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Ensuring that parents have sufficient support to provide nurturing homes and meet basic needs is essential to children’s development.

For example, BUILD Pennsylvania has made it a priority to strengthen community networks to reach all families and help them make good early learning choices.

BUILD supports states in their efforts to strengthen family support and make it an integral part of the overall early childhood system.