Prenatal to Five

The Prenatal to Five initiative focuses on the earliest times in a child’s life, looking for ways we can enhance proper brain development and work to improve the quality of life in our state and our nation. SoHE is driven to create a unique, innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching, researching, and engagement in a manner that enhances the Wisconsin Idea. Through the human ecology lens, we investigate the impact of housing, nutrition, physical health, education, parenting, and more during this key period of life.



Wisconsin’s Prenatal to Five Initiative officially launched in 2017 at the Prenatal to Five Summit: Elevating the Early Years through Access and Equity hosted by the Center for Child and Family Well-being at UW-Madison. On that date, 300 community practitioners, members, leaders, and scholars convened to take the first steps in advancing best practices and strategies to improve life for children and families in Wisconsin.

Watch the Summit archive.

Press and Related Research

Editorial – Channel 3 story – June 12 2017

Interview — Wisconsin Public Radio “Central Time” (June 1st)

Article in the Capital Times (May 30th)

Press Release (UW-Madison) on Summit Results (June 6th)

SoHE professor Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., recently released the results of her study on the potential effects of mindful prenatal classes on expectant mothers’ labor-related anxiety and postpartum depression. (NYT, The Guardian)