Quality of life can be improved when children and youth have high-quality relationships, guidance, and investment from their communities to develop into successful adults.
Children and youth experience numerous transitions and face a wealth of physical, mental, social, and emotional changes on the path to adulthood. Raising children in a loving, stable environment that provides positive stimulation, and making sure they receive early screening and intervention for health and/or developmental problems help increase positive wellbeing and increases the chance of a bright future. As children become more independent of their parents, friends and peers become important to their development. Positive new experiences and behaviors, in addition to healthy relationships, empower young people to develop into thriving adults, actively engaged in their continued education, careers, civic life, and their families.
Building a pathway to success begins early in life, and must provide opportunities for all children and youth. Maintaining good health, via regular medical checkups, proper nutrition, and exercise, starting at an early age can lead to optimal growth and development of children and youth. Quality educational experiences (e.g., preschool enrollment) and opportunities produce positive outcomes that compound throughout an individual’s life as they enter into the workforce and start contributing to the economy and community. In addition, having meaningful, caring, and supportive relationships in young people’s lives is also connected to a range of positive outcomes, some of which include better academic motivation, improved grades, greater civic engagement, and higher ambitions for the future. Therefore, an investment in our children is an investment in the future of our state.