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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Laura Wagner (ID)

Laura is a single mom raising her son, Christopher, who has developmental delays. One of the biggest challenges for her was being far away from her family and support system. Laura doesn’t know what she would have done without the early childhood specialist who visited in her home, and the community of families she connected with through her home visiting program. They helped Laura navigate developmental evaluations, get connected with community resources, and advocate for her son’s medical needs. Today, Christopher no longer needs special services.

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Stefani Nazario (AZ)

After growing up in the foster care system and living far from her husband’s family, Stefani struggled as a new parent. When her youngest son, Casper, experienced developmental delays she was grateful for a local program that came to her home and explained what to look for – and how she could help him make progress toward crucial milestones. The support of her home visiting program empowered Stefani to actively promote her son’s healthy development, and ensured her family was connected to other support services and resources in the community.

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