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.

For optimal development and a strong foundation, children need good health, strong families, and high quality early learning experiences. If children have access to these things when they are very young, they will be ready for school, have higher graduation rates, and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees.