The first 2,000 days of a child’s life have a lasting impact on later learning, health, and success. A child’s earliest experiences determine how his or her brain will be wired, lay the groundwork for future health, and form the foundation of the social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success.
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To support grade-level reading success, we need to recognize that literacy is a cumulative process that develops from birth and is rooted in early brain development. Child development is a dynamic, interactive process that is not predetermined. It occurs in the context of relationships, experiences and environments. A child’s health, access to high quality early learning opportunities, and family stability all impact literacy development.