The experience on the ground demonstrates that from time to time, the environment in which children are raised significantly affects their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. Environmental factors that have been identified as placing children at risk for poor development include the following, among others:
- Low parental involvement in shaping the future of their children.
- Substance Abuse.
The role of parents is paramount in the development of healthy children. Parents who are able to employ positive parenting practices and create nurturing homes and harmonious family life are a precious resource. A society that supports and enables parents in their most important capacity of raising children is making a worthwhile investment in the future of its citizens.