Children who grow up in low income environments may be at greater risk of having psychosocial or behavioural problems.
Home visiting is one way to provide services to low-income families. When combined with centre-based child care, home visits have been effective in reducing children’s behaviour problems.
Food supplementation programs for pregnant women and housing subsidy programs are also likely to have positive effects on children’s environments and development.
An important first step is to ensure that families who need services seek them out. This means overcoming any negative perceptions they may have about social services and educating them on child development so that they know when to seek help.