The State of California has a $500 million dollar a year budget from tobacco taxes that’s called First Five and it’s aimed squarely at early childhood brain development. That’s because in the first 100 days of life a newborn child’s brain is still developing.
The First Five Campaign encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read and sing to young children because that changes everything. In the first 3 years children learn vocabulary and are learning ready and much more likely to succeed in school. By age 4, any neurons in the brain that haven’t been activated and used are purged, and it’s very hard if not impossible to get them back.
Renee Fraser talks to George Halvorson Chair of the First Five Commission about why First Five gives away a million books a year, and you can go to the First Five website and get their free kit for parents.
The FREE Kit for New Parents includes the Advice for New Parents DVD, Puppy and Friends touch-and-feel book, Resource Guide, and much more. Kits are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.