Early Learning Nation
Using the four Building Blocks for ELCs, communities across the country are putting their commitment to early childhood into action and achieving better outcomes for young children and their families.
We think holistically about the environment in which families are raising their children—the community commitment, the services and supports, the neighborhoods, and the policies that affect their lives—to understand how best to ensure that all children get what they need to thrive.
While communities vary greatly by history, culture, demographics, and geography, ELCs stand on four key “building blocks;” that is, community characteristics and actions that promote healthy child development and family well-being:
- Community leadership, commitment, and public will to make early childhood a priority;
- Quality services that work for all young children and their families;
- Neighborhoods where families can thrive; and
- Policies that support and are responsive to families.
Throughout the journey to becoming an ELC, all stakeholders must consider how to:
- Advance equity.
- Promote partnerships with families.
- Determine whether results are being achieved.