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Intellectual & Social Development

This Infancy to Innovation area of interest highlights the role of families and communities in preparing, sustaining, and promoting intellectual and social development for all age groups. It stresses the importance of positive child, youth and young adult development which includes opportunity for ongoing, stable relationships with caring adults and opportunities to participate in activities that build competence.

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The following are the community-identified goals that help children, youth, and young adults succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Develop a system to screen all families with children from birth to age five and provide appropriate referrals for assessment, treatment and services.
  • Promote a broad range of opportunities that offer accessible, affordable, quality early education, care and experiences for all young children from birth through transition into kindergarten.

Youth

  • Planning, implementation, and coordination of a Continuum of Care for Youth to prevent violence and delinquency, close the achievement gap and increase the number of students completing high school.
  • Innovation and coordination of community-wide efforts to reduce barriers to success, help youth build social capital and increase access to higher education and career pathways.
  • Aid the process of rapid biological and psychological changes that occur during this age period by helping children develop more autonomy and social skills.

Young Adults

  • Planning, implementation, and coordination of a Continuum of Care for Youth to close the achievement gap and increase the number of students completing high school and completing higher education.
  • Help young adults transition from home and school to post-secondary education, employment, and self-sufficiency by helping them acquire skills and attitudes to be successful in the rapidly changing workplace.

Supportive factors are the key resilience factors known through research that mitigate risk factors and promote healthy development for young children, youth, and adults.

The following are exemplary factors that support children, youth, and young adults to succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Having access to ongoing nurturing relationships with consistent adults, with emphasis on development of pre-literacy, cognitive, and social-emotional school readiness skills and self-regulation, helps young children grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Youth

  • Acquisition of academic and social competencies related to planning and decision making and having access to interpersonal relationships, personal safety and conflict resolution help youth grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Young Adults

  • Achieving academic competencies appropriate to career goals, financial literacy, and future planning help young adults obtain the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

The following are areas that our community should invest in to better prepare our children, youth, and young adults in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Invest in cross-agency training and promote inter-agency cooperative agreements.
  • Investing in programs to assure all infants and toddlers have access to a variety of high quality early education and learning opportunities.
  • Providing child scholarships to assist low and moderate income families in affording quality child care while working or in school.

Youth

  • Increase investments in drop-out prevention strategies.
  • Invest in youth driven responses to close achievement gaps and complete education.
  • Increase investments in comprehensive supports helping potential first generation college students enroll in college.
  • Increase investments in youth development that reduce risk and build assets, for example, skill development, mentoring, and prevention.

Young Adults

  • Increase investments in drop-out prevention strategies.
  • Invest in young adult driven responses to close achievement gaps and complete education.
  • Increase investments that help young adults succeed in the global knowledge economy.

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