Why The First 2000 Days?
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating either a strong or weak foundation for all future learning. Child development is a dynamic, interactive process that is not predetermined. It occurs in the context of relationships, experiences and environments. Harvard University neuroscientist Jack Shonkoff puts it this way, “brains are built not born.”
For optimal development and a strong foundation, children need good health, strong families and high quality early learning and school experiences. With quality early child development experiences, children are school ready, graduate from high school and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.
- The brain is one of the only organs not fully developed at birth. Learn more . . .
- Early experiences are built into our bodies. Learn more . . .
- We aren’t born with the skills that enable us to control impulses, make plans,and stay focused. Learn more . . .
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