When you care for families with children in their First Thousand Days of life, you create opportunities for greatness to grow and thrive in our nation.
By the time a child reaches two years of age, their brain will be 80% of its adult size. The time from conception to two years is one thousand days: a never-to-be-repeated time of development. When children get what they need in this time, they will be on the path to reaching their God-given potential. But parents and caregivers face many challenges and might not be able to consistently provide what baby needs. What parents and caregivers need is support from a community. This is our big idea: the church is ideally positioned and equipped to strengthen and care for families so they can give the care that baby needs.
Everyone has a part to play
It takes more than a single parent or caregiver to raise a child – it takes us all. If you are a church leader, you have a powerful role in building a church community that supports families with young children. If you are a church member, there are so many ways you can be part of caring for families. For those who want to lead activities aimed at families with children in the First Thousand Days: you are essential. We like to call you Champions.