The Link Between Income and the Environments That Promote Child Health

Lisa Dubay, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Nathaniel Anderson
April 24, 2015
Health in early childhood is the foundation for health in adulthood and income plays a huge role in this. Obvious enough, people with higher income have better health for more reasons than affording medical care. Income influences a person's access to better communities and supports. Families with higher incomes can take necessary measures for their own mental health which impacts their relationship with their kids, can provide safe options for educational and recreational opportunities for children to learn and play, and even have access to better caretakers and nutrition. 
Early childhood development delays for those in low-income families, causing children to falter in learning and social skills. These disparities for low-income versus high-income families are widening and requires improved policies and programs for better childhood development in multiple areas.