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QT30: Why the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are remarkable

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Why are your child's first years so important?A child’s brain rapidly grows and constantly transforms. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are a period of super-fast changes in their bodies, their brains, and their emotions. Spending quality time with kids is important to support their development.

You help children learn with each moment of eye contact, each new word you speak to them, and every time you make them laugh.

Set kids on the right track before they enter kindergarten. Every day spend 30 minutes of quality time with the little ones in your life. It means attention is 100% on your child. What a baby learns in their early years helps guide them, and you can help.

Happy and healthy lives start early. Thankfully, it is easy to give your child a health start! You can find plenty of fun, engaging activities here.

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Is your child’s growth on track? Do you need extra support to be the best parent you can be? Dial 2-1-1 for free or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with a Child Development Specialist. They care and will always have your best interest in mind. Help Me Grow can guide you in the right direction! All it takes is one call or text.

Why are your child's first years so important? From 0 months to 1 year, children go from at rest, non-speaking babies to walking, talking toddlers. A child's growth is amazing. Their bodies, minds, and feelings are getting ready for the life they will live. Even before they walk or talk, babies learn by what they see, hear, and feel. How they do in school, how they behave, even how they do in life takes shape in these early years. From ages 3 to 8, much of their most important brain growth is finished. Happy and healthy lives start early. Thankfully, it is easy to give your child a healthy start with quality time!

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