Family Engagement resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families
Bright Start is the South Dakota governor’s comprehensive early childhood/consumer education initiative to support early childhood physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development, parent education, and health care.
In 2016 the Bright Start comprehensive early childhood initiative included the following components:
Home Visitation Newborn Hearing Screenings Early Intervention Screenings Immunizations Web Site Parent/Infant Welcome Box Responsive Parenting Seminars
The home visitation program targets expectant mothers and is designed to help them improve their health in order to give birth to healthy babies. Parents and prospective parents will receive home visits to learn how to care for their personal health needs, care for their child or children, stimulate their childs development and provide a nurturing home environment.
Newborn hearing screenings, early intervention screenings and immunizations are all part of the effort to ensure a childs bright start in life.
The Web site provides information that assists parents or caregivers in nurturing a childs healthy development. Ages and stages information helps parents know what they can generally expect of their child at a specific age.
Learn more about South Dakota Bright Start at http://www.sdbrightstart.com/
Updated February 2016
In June 2015, Rhode Island took a bold step for infants and toddlers by releasing both an issue brief and set of policy priorities timed to influence the legislative session.
In December, 2013, Pennsylvania became one of the six newest states to receive a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant.
Wisconsin carried out a proactive and comprehensive set of strategies that address multiple barriers and build an I-ECMH system.