There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and the time that child enters kindergarten. During that time, brain architecture is forming, creating the foundation for all future learning. It is our job – all of us – to support healthy development in those early years.
The first 2,000 days are a crucial window to create the best possible outcomes in education, health, and economic prosperity, and to build a successful future both for individuals and for our community.
Early childhood education has a lasting impact on later learning, health and success in school and in life. Early childhood education strengthens our economy and workforce by promoting productivity growth and job creation in the near term and cultivating a better future workforce.
Research shows that early education produces up to a 13% return on investment. That return comes in the form of reduced remediation costs in schools, lower crime rates and less reliance on public programs — all of which provide economic benefit and social stability to communities. However, the benefits do not stop there. Financial investment in our youngest citizens also leads directly to higher graduation rates, increased college attendance, higher earnings and better jobs.
Durham, along with many communities, is undoubtedly facing some tough challenges, but our opportunity lies in early childhood. The work we’ve talked about during the 12 Days of Giving and throughout the year is important, effective, and urgent. And we can’t do it without your help.
Children only have one chance at childhood. They can’t afford to wait, and neither can you. Help us make the first 2,000 days the beginning of a lifetime of possibility and potential for all children in Durham. Make your gift today!