First Things First will expand families’ access to the information, services and supports they need to help their young children achieve their fullest potential.
To make the best choices, families need access to information that educates them about what their child is learning and doing, how to optimally support early childhood development and child health, and what resources or programs are available in their community. Families also need opportunities to connect with other families in their community.
The continuum of high-quality services and support will be planned, developed, funded, and delivered in a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative, culturally and linguistically responsive manner that best meets the needs and preferences of families, leverages available resources, and involves families in the program development and implementation.
As a result of First Things First’s efforts, families who need or want assistance have the support they need to use language and play throughout their daily routines and interactions, read with their children daily and increase their competence and confidence about their ability to support their child’s safety, health and well-being.