Image description: How much will that little bundle of joy cost? According to USDA’s Cost of Raising a Child report, the answer for a child born in 2012 is $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years.
Use the interactive calculator to find out how much it will cost you to raise kids.
Infographic from the USDA.
April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and everyone can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children.
Child abuse prevention includes activities that stop a certain behavior or action, or promote positive action for the well-being of children. Research has shown that child abuse prevention must reduce risk factors and promote protective factors that ensures the well-being and safety of children.
Public awareness and creating supportive communities can also be a part of preventing child abuse. The Administration for Children and Families provides details on crafting an effective message for your community, tools for sharing your message, and ways to build community support.
Learn more about child abuse prevention and what you can do.
About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, fragile x syndrome, and others. Some conditions can be identified before a baby is even born while others may be identified in early childhood.
If you’ve noticed that your child isn’t reaching milestones for his or her age, speak to a doctor. It’s important to share your concerns as soon as you notice a problem because early screening and intervention can positively affect a child’s ability to learn.
Get more information about developmental disabilities.
If your child isn’t meeting his or her developmental milestones, talk to you doctor.
Thinking about putting your child in Head Start? Find Head Start programs near you with this tool.