Saturday, March 21, 2015
WIC CRITICAL FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Evidence continues to mount that lack of adequate food, stable housing, health care, and other essentials in infancy and early childhood can affect children’s brain development, with long-term consequences for their physical, mental, academic, and economic well-being. Extensive research over the past 40 years shows that WIC contributes to positive developmental and health outcomes for low-income women and young children. In particular, WIC participation is associated with healthier births, more nutritious diets, stronger connections to preventive health care, and improved cognitive development.
Source: Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/16/15, WIC Benefits