AAWGT EDUCATION MEETING
The First 1000 Days of a Child's Life
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
What’s the most important thing a child has? It’s their brain. And yet, we’re not caring for children’s brains the way we care for their bodies.
The first 1,000 days of life – from conception to age three – open a critical and singular window of opportunity. During this period, children’s brains can form 1,000 neural connections every second. A three-year-old’s brain is twice as active as that of an adult and the connections their brain makes are the building blocks of their future.
The science is clear about what a young brain needs to make those connections. Stimulation from the earliest possible moment, nutrition, protection from violence and pollution, all shape children’s futures.
What happens to those children who have been denied these critical advantages in their earliest days? When children miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we, as a global community, are perpetuating inter-generational cycles of disadvantage and inequality. Life by life, missed opportunity by missed opportunity, we are increasing the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
These failures come at a great cost to all of us. A cost measured in poor learning, lower wages, higher unemployment, increased reliance on public assistance and inter-generational cycles of poverty that weigh down economic and social progress for everyone.
Working together, we must find ways to invest in programs targeted at the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, focused on nutrition, stimulation, early learning and protection from violence.
--excerpted from remarks by Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF, at the World Economic Forum.
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This event is free, open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.