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
- They’re five times less likely than their counterparts to become chronic criminal offenders as adults
Everyone can get involved.
- Locally and, nationally, sheriffs and police officers are advocating for high-quality early childhood programs as a key component of crime prevention. Click here for an op-ed by Champion Sheriff Van Duncan.
- Military leaders have made the link between early childhood and military readiness, and are calling for smart investments in children.
- Local business leaders and those in cities across the country recognize investing in early education is critical to building a well-educated, competitive workforce. Click here for an op-ed by Kit Cramer, president and CEO, Asheville Chamber of Commerce and, here for another by local business leaders, Suzanne DeFerie, CEO of Asheville Savings Bank, and Dan Rittiger, owner of French Broad Chocolate Lounge.
Click here to see a list of our Buncombe County Champions for Children!