Why the First 2000 Days Matter
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten. Experiences during these 2,000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. This is because children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired; lay the groundwork for future health; and form the foundation of the social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success.

With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready; have higher graduation rates and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.

Who Are the First 2000 Days Champions for Children?
Champions for Children are local leaders from businesses, law enforcement, nonprofits, faith communities and citizens who are strong advocates for children. Champions carry the First 2000 Days message, sharing the importance of early childhood development in our state through public speaking at local businesses organizations, employee development meetings, lunch and learns, civic clubs, and local church ministries. Other opportunities include writing letters to the editors of local papers, online ezines, guest blogging, meeting with local legislators, and promoting the importance of the first 2000 days in their professional and personal networks.

Meet Our First 2000 Days Champions for Children!
Each Champion has a dedicated page on our website to highlight their commitment to bringing awareness and educating others in our community about the importance of a child’s first 2000 days. These Champions have presented this information to their personal and professional networks, advocated for our children, and continue to spread the news in their own dedicated way. In return, we want to thank them for their commitment and for Championing our children!

Are you interested in being a Champion for Children? If so, please contact Cassandra Harris and type in the subject line, “Champion for Children”.

First 2000 Days Accordion Brochure “15 in 2015”

Request a First 2000 Days Presentation
If you would like a presenter to come to your organization, church or civic group to present the First 2000 Days presentation, please contact Cassandra Harris and type “First 2000 Days” in the subject line.