why family support matters

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why family support matters

Every child deserves to grow up in a nurturing and loving family so they can reach their full potential. A child’s family and home environment have a deep impact on the rest of a child’s life, and Massachusetts’ future prosperity will ultimately be determined by the success of today’s children.

High-quality family support programs help parents get the assistance they need to build and sustain positive, healthy families. This leads to safer children in stable families, reducing long-term social, health and early education costs for the Commonwealth and its citizens.

Our own evaluations and studies from across the country have shown that high-quality parenting support programs have a significant positive impact on the following:

  • school readiness and academic achievement
  • maternal and child health
  • family self-sufficiency
  • preventing child abuse and neglect
  • father involvement