First 2000 Days

Did you know there are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten?

During that time the brain 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 framework of relationships, experiences and environments. Harvard University’s neuroscientist Jack Shonkoff explains it like this, “brains are built not born.”

For the ideal development and a strong foundation, children need good health, strong families and a high quality of 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.

  • The brain is one of the only organs not fully developed at birth. Learn More
  • Early experiences are built into our bodies. Learn More
  • We aren’t born with the skills that enable us to control impulses, make plans, and stay focused. Learn More

Kindergarten Readiness

Help Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten

Every child grows, develops, and learns at a different rate. Your child may already be successful with some skills and may need more time to develop others. The key is to give your child plenty of opportunities to practice and learn these skills by interacting naturally with family and friends.

Resources for School Readiness

CM Library

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