Brains are built not born. The brain is one of the only organs that isn’t fully developed at birth. In fact, 700 new neural connections are formed every second during the first few years of a child’s life. Experiences a child has during the first 2,000 days—from birth to kindergarten—will determine how his or her brain is wired for life.
Why invest in the First 2,000 Days?
Children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs achieve great things later in life.
- They score significantly higher on standardized language and math tests;
- They have higher earnings, pay more in taxes, and are less likely to rely on government assistance; and,
- They’re five times less likely than their counterparts to become chronic criminal offenders as adults.
Every part of our community wins when young children get what they need. And everyone can get involved.
- Police officers across the U.S. are advocating for high-quality early childhood programs as a key component of crime prevention.
- Military leaders have made the link between early childhood and military readiness, and are calling for smart investments in children.
- Business leaders in cities across the country recognize investing in early education is critical to building a well-educated, competitive workforce.
You can get involved, too. Learn how.