Why We Think Babies

It’s time to make the potential of every baby a national priority. See what families across the country say they need to thrive and share your story. What would you want our elected leaders to know about raising babies and toddlers today or the challenges of providing families with young children the support they need?

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Kaylah Dessausure (DE)

On a shoestring budget and without much family support, Kaylah worried about how to give her baby, Kodah, the best start in life. Kaylah’s local Early Head Start program was able to connect her with a variety of community resources, helping her meet Kodah’s nutrition and medical care needs. She was also offered child care through Early Head Start, that provided Kodah with rich opportunities for healthy social and emotional development while she worked. Early Head Start provided Kaylah with the comprehensive support she needed to give Kodah a strong start.

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Francesco Luparello (CA)

Francesco and Rick adopted their son, Christopher, after caring for him as foster parents. As first-time parents, they found it challenging to manage the needs of an infant with profound special needs, family visits, and a heavy schedule of doctor appointments. Thankfully, their family had access to weekly, in-home early intervention services and the support of an Early Head Start home visitor, ensuring that Christopher achieved key developmental milestones. Francesco and Rick are grateful for these early services that gave Christopher the opportunity to develop and thrive, overcoming many of the extreme barriers he faced at birth that may have resulted in lifelong challenges.

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