Strengthen NH Families and Children

As a State, we are struggling with multiple crises impacting the health and wellness of our children; the COVID-19 pandemic, substance misuse, mental health, and child abuse and neglect. These situations, which cause toxic stress, can have long-term, negative consequences on the health and well-being of our children and families. Primary prevention services, such as the programs provided at Family Resource Centers, help to prevent and mitigate childhood trauma and stress. Through support and education, Family Resource Centers help strengthen families by promoting health, well-being and self-sufficiency and positive parenting.

  • 71% of NH Children have both parents in the workforce.
  • $12,192 Annual cost of childcare for one infant.
  • 10.2% Of the NH population reported 4-7 adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • 12% of NH children ages 0-5 are living in concentrated poverty.

What can be done to strengthen NH families:

  1. Protect investments in NH's Childcare Scholarship Program to ensure access to quality childcare. This program is a critical support for low-income working families that enables parents to work and children to thrive in a learning environment.
  2. Support Family Resource Centers and Home Visiting programs to prevent and mitigate childhood trauma. These programs promote both the strengthening of families through formal and informal support and the restoration of a strong community.

Why this matters: 

Brains are built from the bottom up. Children who are given a strong foundation for their brain architecture during their first five years are proven to be more productive contributors to society.

Chronic negative experiences produce toxic stress in children, which can lead to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and health.

Primary prevention programs that promote brain development and reduce toxic stress during children's early years are more effective and less costly than repairing issues later in life. For New Hampshire of these program shows a return of $4 to $6 for every dollar invested by reducing societal costs associated with poor health and academic child protection, K-12 special education, grade retention and criminal justice expenses.

Early childhood development programs provide essential support to children in their first five years, as well as whole families, which help create a healthier and more prosperous state overall.

Want to become an early childhood advocate?

Share your health and wellness interests with us here: https://new-futures.org/become-an-advocate. Let our team know what issues matter to you and we will help you use your voice effectively throughout the legislative session and beyond. Your voice matters and we want to help you use your voice effectively to make health and wellness improvements in the Granite State!