Bridging Early Childhood Development & Nutrition

The Early Childhood Development and Nutrition program aims to develop a unified understanding of what a model food community would look like for children and their families through the different stages of early childhood from conception to age eight. Our work focuses on connecting the dots between current research, policy, practice and people, while engaging key stakeholders.

Research on early childhood demonstrates that nutrition plays a vital role in development. Proper nutrition is crucial for children to support robust physical, cognitive, and emotional development, with important implications for each child well into the later years of life. There is much opportunity to harness what is known from research to create bridges to both policy and practice in hopes of addressing a number of developmental needs.