The early years of a child’s life set the tone for future success in education, well-being, and economic opportunity and stability.
With 17,000 children under the age of five in Linn County alone, setting them up for success is crucial for a thriving community.
If a family does not have the support they need to successfully raise a child, it causes a chain reaction of challenges. When parents are unable to find daycare for their children, they may be forced to leave their job. If they cannot work, they will struggle with paying for food, rent, and utilities. And we know if a child does not get enough to eat or have a safe place to sleep, it is harder to learn in school.