Smart Start of New Hanover County

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We recently heard from Smart Start of New Hanover County about the First 2000 Days Summit, addressing foundational skills children learn in their first 5 years. Smart Start is now holding the Pledge Breakfast for Children's Champions, its annual fundraiser-Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30am, Hilton Riverside. Executive Director Jane Morrow and Board Member Randy Reeves joined us; listen above. The keynote speaker for the Breakfast this year is Pierre Naudé, CEO of Wilmington banking software company, NCinoThe topic of discussion will be the importance of early childhood development in the current and future workforce, with particular focus on STEAM, which is like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), but with the addition of Arts. 

Many Wilmington-area citizens are busy spreading awareness of the importance of the first 2,000 days—or five years—of a child’s brain development. This week, faith leaders addressed early childhood at a local summit; however, the statewide First 2,000 Days campaign—the first of its kind—has been in effect since 2011. And it’s not just geared toward parents and those who work with young children--communities at large benefit from the “spillover effect” of a quality first 2,000 Days.

It’s a lot easier to build a playpen than a penitentiary, area faith leaders say. And it’s why they’re teaming with Smart Start of New Hanover County to launch a grassroots movement to invest in early childhood care and education. On Monday, nearly two hundred community leaders, teachers and parents met at Wilmington’s First Baptist Activity Center to discuss ways to improve the first 2,000 days—or five years—of local children’s lives.