HHI is not a political organization, but we do care about our next president and his stance on healthy child development, a cornerstone for the successful education, economics, and development for a thriving society and country. HHI did a little research on this issue and this is what was found:
Obama has a very detailed statement on child development (which can be found here) and these are some of the highlights that support the idea of early child development, specifically babies from the ages of 0-5:
-He started the Illinois Early Learning Council
-Obama has a "comprehensive 'Zero to Five' plan to provide critical support to young children and their parents by investing $10 billion per year to create" focusing more on Head Start and quadruple the number of eligible children."
-He will "expand the highly-successful Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers" This program sends trained nurses to the homes of first-time parents to teach "proven methods to help improve the mental and physical health of the family by providing counseling on substance abuse, creating and achieving personal goals, and effective methods of nurturing children...The Proven benefits of these types of programs include improved women's prenatal health, a reduction in childhood injuries, fewer unintended subsequent pregnancies, increased father involvement and women's employment, reduced use of welfare and food stamps, and increased children's school readiness" this focus on nurturing has produced more than "$28,000 in net savings for every high-risk family enrolled in the program"
-He also proposes to improve training for foster parents and understands why it's necessary to focus on preventing child abuse and neglect.
Clearly Obama sees the importance of investing in children, even before they reach Kindergarten. He knows that, as far as development of fundamental skills, kindergarten can be too late for a healthy start.
Even though she has stepped out of the race, I'd like to take a moment to point out her own stance on child development from her Huffington Post blog entry earlier this year. It's obivious that she too understands the importance of child development:
Marian Wright Edelman, my friend and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, says it best: "If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much." [...]
Indeed, our treatment of children is a measure of our decency, compassion, and humanity as a people. It's time for the best of America -- our talent, innovative spirit, and potential for progress -- to be reflected in our children. The children of America are a national treasure -- and a national responsibility. Securing their future will be at the heart of my presidency.