Our Focus Areas
- Data-driven decision making
- Mitigating risk early
- Healthy births and development
- Family Support
- Highest quality early learning
Economic research by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and others confirms the positive ROI of early education dollars.
Decades of brain development and behavioral research highlight the first five years of life as the critical hard wiring phase of all cognitive, emotional and social skills; the same skills needed for success in school and work.
Smart Beginnings is grounded in best practices for the healthy development of children like home visits, parent education, and employment coaching. The earlier these resources are available for families, the greater the impact on the child, family and community.