The science is clear. Our brains grow faster between the ages 0 to 3 than any later point in life, forming more than 1 million new neural connections every second. That’s a whole lot of brainpower.
Think about how early a baby responds to loved ones around her. Right from the start, babies are quick at recognizing voices, faces and the environment around them. It's no surprise that the babies who have the opportunity to bond with mama during those earliest moments and first months of life are also the babies who show strong emotional and social connections. I'm continuously amazed when mamas share that their baby is starting to recognize the route to my office, the office building, and even respond to my name. Babies brains are amazing!
That’s why ZERO TO THREE created the Think Babies™ campaign: to make their potential our national priority.
When babies don’t get what their growing brains need to thrive, they don’t develop as they should. This leads to poor life-long developmental, educational, social, and health challenges. Every minute we waste not making our voices heard, another child runs the risk of not ever reaching her full potential. That’s not good for families, and that’s not good for our future.
As a community of parents, wellness and health providers, we need to:
-MAKE SURE EVERY FAMILY WHO NEEDS IT HAS ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE FOR THEIR INFANTS AND TODDLERS THAT OFFER ONE-ON-ONE RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARING ADULTS AND STRONG EARLY LEARNING EXPERIENCES.
-GIVE PARENTS DEDICATED TIME TO BOND WITH THEIR BABIES IN THE EARLIEST MONTHS, WHEN SO MUCH OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT IS AT STAKE.
-REACH PARENTS WITH THE RESOURCES AND SERVICES THEY WANT AND NEED TO NURTURE THEIR BABY’S HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT AND SET THEM UP FOR A HEALTHY LIFE.
We must act now to ensure a positive future for generations to come. And with your help, we can make sure that our elected officials make babies a priority. We have a chance to create a world in which babies and parents have what they need to thrive and reach their fullest potential. I've joined the Think Babies™campaign, you too can join and be part of the team that’s fighting for their future. If you're interested in receiving more information or joining the campaign, click on the link below.