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Why It Matters

Physical, social and academic growth work together and depend on one another to develop a healthy child who is an active learner. No one kind of growth is more important than another.

For example, a lack of adequate sleep negatively affects a child's ability to pay attention and learn. In this example, physical health influences cognitive (academic) learning.

Therefore, any initiative aiming to fully support healthy child development must include activities to foster all three kinds of growth and learning.


Good nutrition helps a child grow healthy and strong.

Learn what foods baby is ready for and get meal ideas from Born Learning.


Communities that invest in early childhood education are likely to realize a $16 return on every dollar invested. The gain is realized mostly in the form of increased property tax because successful learners are more likely to own homes, and in criminal and social justice savings.

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