Why the First 2,000 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.

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  • We Are Committed to Young Children

    We believe that when all young children are given the best opportunity to realize their potential and contribute as productive citizens, North Carolina prospers. See who else has signed the commitment and join us!
  • Shannon Newsome
    Reidsville
    Reidsville Christian Church
  • Samantha Dooies
    Wilmington
    New Hanover / Pender District Attorney's Office
  • Wayne Johnson
    Eden
    Trinity Wesleyan
  • Pat Kahle
    Union County
    Union County Chamber of Commerce - President
  • Nicole Atkinson
    Charlotte
    Youth and Famiily Services