If you care about the economic security of your neighbors, the local job market, and the future vitality of the Durham community, you care about very young children. Early childhood lays a foundation for the future. As a community, we must commit to investing our resources and attention to the critical years of birth to age 5 to ensure children are prepared for success in school and life.
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child begins kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating the foundation for all future learning. 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. Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make, producing a $7-10 return for every $1 invested through increased personal achievement and social productivity in the form of higher graduation rates, reduced crime, higher earnings and better jobs.
We urge North Carolina’s leaders and policymakers to continue to advance the availability, affordability and quality of its nationally recognized early education system. By learning how you can be a Champion for Young Children, you too can help to ensure the Durham community is the best place to learn, work and live. Use this website as a resource to access the latest tools and action alerts on issues affecting young children and their families.