This 1998 report profiles what States are doing to promote the well-being of America's youngest children and families. It gives a picture of the level of commitment to young children and families across the States. The report includes data on State-by-State indicators of young child and family well-being; on State-by-State investments in basic support services for young children such as health care, child care, and early education; and on indicators relevant to how welfare reform implementation is likely to affect families with young children. The report is divided into 4 chapters with the first chapter giving an overview of the findings and implications. Chapter 2 provides State program and policy initiatives for young child and families--trends, issues, and challenges. Chapter 3 describes a national perspective on State-by-State indicators. The last chapter profiles the individual States. The overall findings indicate that in many States, there is a deepening commitment to comprehensive programs and planning for young children and families. However, the commitment to programs for young children and families is not evident in every State or throughout the States that have made commitments. 6 appendices, and numerous tables, figures, and sidebars.
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