Prenatal to Five: Early is the Answer

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SoHE understands that early childhood development research and innovation is the solution to reducing the achievement and poverty gaps impacting all of Wisconsin’s children, families, and communities.

Communication between an adult and a baby is critical to the child’s health and well-being. Through an initiative that focuses on the first five years of every child’s life, we can enhance proper brain development and work to narrow the achievement gap, increasing the quality of life in our state and our nation. With proactive intervention techniques and school readiness skills, all of Wisconsin’s children can thrive in a challenging world.

What SoHE Can Do

Through the Prenatal to Five Initiative, SoHE is driven to create a unique, innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach to TEACHING, RESEARCH, ENGAGMENT in a manner that enhances the Wisconsin Idea. Research proves that the “0-5” period of children’s developmental stage is crucial in helping them thrive throughout their lifespan. Through the human ecology lens, UW-Madison looks at the impact of housing, nutrition, physical health, education, parenting, and more during this key period of life.

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On June 2 2017 we convened a statewide summit with community practitioners, members, leaders, and campus scholars to advance best practices and strategies that promote equity and equal opportunity for our state’s youngest community members.


Wisconsin. A State of Crisis.

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You Can Help

To make a gift and contribute to the Prenatal to Five Initiative, please contact:
Bobette Heller, Associate Vice President of Development, School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726-4090