In order to achieve the positive results cited in research studies, early childhood programs must be of high quality. This includes qualified staff, a healthy learning environment, evidence-based services, strong parent involvement, and a well-developed referral network among the various programs serving pregnant women, young children and their families. Quality depends on state-level governance and infrastructure that supports program efforts, such as professional development, data for planning and evaluation, quality improvement systems, and sufficient funding.


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