First 2,000 Days Initiative

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.

Champions support the campaign by: public speaking at local organizations such as the Asheville Chamber, Kiwanis/Rotary Club meetings, or at business lunch and learns; writing letters to the editors of local papers; meeting with local legislators; and promoting the importance of the first 2,000 days in their professional and personal networks.

Buncombe County Champions for Children

  • Leslie Anderson, Leslie Anderson Consulting, Inc.
  • Melissa Baker, MAHEC
  • Barbara Brownsmith Campbell, Community Volunteer
  • Kit Cramer, Asheville Chamber of Commerce
  • Susanne DeFerie, Asheville Savings Bank
  • Sheriff Jack Van Duncan, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jennie Eblen, Eblen Short Stop Stores
  • Lael Gray, Asheville Jewish Community Center
  • Gibbie Harris, Community Volunteer
  • Lori Hilliard, Buncombe County Schools
  • Holly Jones, Buncombe County Commissioner
  • Julie Klipp Nicholson, Buncombe County Family Justice Center
  • Missy Sherburne,
  • Suzanne Swanger, Buncombe County Schools
  • Terry Van Duyn, North Carolina Senator
  • Mike Weizman, MD, Our Family Doctor

Check out our first 2,000 Days Champions Kit Cramer and Julie Klipp Nicholson in February’s Asheville Lifestyle Magazine (page 22-23)

For more information on how you can be a champion for children, please contact us at [email protected]