The family's physical, mental and emotional well-being has a big impact on a child.

Family well-being is critical for young children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. 

Strong, resilient families that promote a healthy environment are essential for the development and well-being of young children. This is true for all families, and especially so for families facing risk factors such as poverty and other social challenges. Unhealthy physical environments, family violence, and child abuse and neglect can leave lifelong scars. Caring, nurturing, consistent care giving, including the active involvement of fathers, are keys to young children’s future success.

You can learn more about how to help support family well-being on our Practitioner Tools page.