April 30, 2014

Let’s Grow Kids Launch Party

Posted in Events, Lund Early Childhood Program (LECP), Sponsor Spotlight tagged , , , , , at 9:14 am by Lund

Let’s Grow Kids is a new statewide public education campaign about the importance of quality early childhood education. Funded by a collaboration of private foundations, Let’s Grow Kids is working with Vermont communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals to create positive lasting change that will allow all of our children to succeed in life.  The campaign grew out of a survey that showed that most Vermonters do not understand the importance of the early years of a child’s life despite research proving that 90% of a child’s brain is developed before age 5 and that early experiences lay the foundation for later success.   The campaign was launched last Friday, April 25th, at Main Street Landing with a press conference featuring some of the leading advocate for early childhood education in the state.

Stimulating early brain development through play lays the foundation for life long success.

Stimulating early brain development through play lays the foundation for life long success.

Running concurrently to the press conference were activities for children including painting with marbles, colored shaving foam, worms to study, books to read and music and dancing.  It was a feast of non-stop fun.  (And fig bars!) The activities were connected to the Let’s Grow Kids 5 simple things that every child needs to do:

Sing – singing exposes babies to rhythm and pitch
Eat well – reading introduces babies to the sounds and words of language
Read – a nutritious diet helps babies to develop good physical and emotional health
Play – play teaches children motor skills, cooperation and problem solving.
Talk – talking to babies helps them to focus on the specific sounds of their native language

The campaign is currently focused on building awareness of the importance of the time of intensive brain development between 0 and 3 years.  They are asking people to sign the following pledge which you can do at their website at letsgrowkids.org

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I want a society where all children can grow and live to their full potential. Because 80% of a child’s brain develops by age 3, building the foundation for success in life, I believe it’s important we ensure that Vermont’s children have quality early experiences. Therefore, I support efforts to build positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children the opportunity to succeed in life. – See more at: http://www.letsgrowkids.org/#pledge
I want a society where all children can grow and live to their full potential. Because 80% of a child’s brain develops by age 3, building the foundation for success in life, I believe it’s important we ensure that Vermont’s children have quality early experiences. Therefore, I support efforts to build positive, lasting change that will allow all of our children the opportunity to succeed in life. – See more at: http://www.letsgrowkids.org/#pledge

 

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