Health and Development: EPEL works collaboratively with schools, early learning programs, health, and mental health care to connect families with resources, services, and information needed to support their children's healthy growth and development. We connect families with partners to help meet basic needs, home visiting, developmental concerns, childcare/preschool, behavior/mental health services, and supportive parenting resources. Healthy children begin with empowering new families with prenatal education about the development of children during the First 2,000 Days from birth to Kindergarten. The first five years of a child's life shapes their future. Remember, children develop at their own pace, but it is essential to stay attuned to developmental milestones critical for Kindergarten readiness.