The Importance of the First 2,000 Days of Your Life

November 9th, 2015 watchmegrowdaycarecenter
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Do you remember how old you were when you first attended school? For most of us, it was when we were 3, 4, or 5-years-old. Before that, we were subject to what our parents taught us, as well as those around us, and, of course, television. Interestingly, researchers have found a child’s first 2000 days of life (from birth ‘til they’re about 6-years-old) are key to how they further develop into adults who are successful in life… or not.

 

A child’s brain adds 700 new synapses per second at age 3. In other words, they soak in a lot at that age. Indeed, during the first 2000 days of a child’s life, whatever happens– good or bad– seemingly dictates their long-term prospects for health, wealth, education, friendships and happiness, according to researchers. Do all children develop at the same speed? No. Those who lag in development, sorry to say, are often the ones who are less likely to graduate high school and get decent jobs, while also being most likely to interact with the justice system– aka getting arrested and/or going to jail.

 

Poverty, as you’d imagine, negatively affects early childhood development. The environment plays a role too– how polluted is it where they grow up? The more polluted and downtrodden an area, the more likely they’re likely to deal with allergies, asthma and even obesity.

 

Whitney Houston once sang “children are our future,” and that is no less true now than it was when her song was a hit. It’s imperative that we, as a society, take a keen interest in investing in our children’s brain development during their first 2000 days of life.

 

Watch Me Grow Daycare Center can provide an environment in which your child can flourish both mentally and socially in their early days. For more information about our programs, please contact us today.

 

 

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