Early Childhood Nutrition

WIC was not the first program targeted at children. With the passing of the Social Security Act in 1935, the federal government pledged its support of state efforts to extend health and welfare services for mothers and children. This landmark legislation resulted in the establishment of state departments of health or public welfare.

Over the years, the achievements of these projects have been integrated into the public health system for families. Some projects include guidelines for nutrition care during pregnancy and lactation, standards for prenatal care and strategies for the prevention of childhood injuries. Food and nutrition programs create a safety net that ensures that children at risk for poor nutritional intakes have access to a safe, adequate and nutritious food supply, and nutrition screening, assessment and intervention.