To get them off to a great start when their school years arrive, we need to fill children's first five years with a range of positive experiences to develop their bodies, minds, hearts and souls.
Good healthcare and nutrition, various play activities and positive relationships with adults all combine to help little ones exercise their learning muscles, literally. These activities strengthen and shape the child's brain, training it for the learning and growing that lie ahead.
As a community, we can and must work together to ensure that every child gets plenty of beneficial experiences at home, in early care and education settings and within the health and human services system.
If we remain committed and focused to doing so consistently, more of our children will start kindergarten with the solid foundation they need to progress successfully through school.