The first 2000 days are critical. A child has about 2,000 days between birth and the start of kindergarten. We know that during this time in a child’s life, the brain grows to 90% of its adult size and children are eager and ready to learn; therefore, their access to high quality health care and learning environments.
Research shows that early intervention is essential for a child's future. According to The Hunt Institute's Report, Strong Foundations, “Children's early learning experiences lay the foundation for their success in school and in life. Over the past decade, research has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of high-quality early childhood experiences for the social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children. Science tells us that young children's brains develop more rapidly during the years prior to kindergarten entry than at any other time. Additionally, research has revealed the importance of high-quality early childhood for children's short and long-term academic, social and professional success.”
According to research by Harvard University and the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, early intervention and resilience significantly expand a child's success and opportunity when entering grade school. This unique facility and its services will provide a foundation for addressing and reversing the opportunity gap in a significant way.
Spark is approaching the opportunity and achievement gaps with creativity, innovation and partnerships to drive real change in New Hanover County.