Promoting Healthy Infant-Toddler Development by Supporting Teen and Young Adult Parents


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Raising children is a challenging but rewarding experience for most parents, regardless of their age, life experience or available resources. For many teens and young adults—who are themselves still developing—unstable living conditions and financial insecurity can make raising infants and toddlers even more trying. Further compounding the challenges for these young families, COVID-19 is magnifying family stress and straining family support systems. Without positive supports from friends, family members and their community, these struggles can lead to poor health, developmental and economic outcomes for young parents and their children. Policies, systems and services implemented at federal, state and community levels are designed to support healthy development for these young families.