An Equal Start considers how public policy needs to change in order to give children a more equal start in life. One limitation of previous research in this area has been the focus on isolated examples of public policy support. This book considers a wide range of interventions together, including financial, health and parenting support and questions the balance between them. The authors bring together the evidence about what makes a difference during pregnancy and the first twelve months of a child's life and the impact this period can have on outcomes in later childhood and adult life. They assess the scope and effect of current public policy interventions and suggest how these should change in future.