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.
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, DonorsChoose.org
- 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]