Our community and Colorado prosper when our kids thrive because they are our future workforce, leaders and community members. All kids, no matter where they live need high-quality care giving for their development. We all have a role to play in helping parents and caregivers prepare Colorado's kids for the future.
Children’s social and emotional development begins before birth and is just as important to their success as their cognitive and physical development.
Services and policies that help strengthen families, prevent abuse and neglect, aid caregivers struggling with adversity, and promote positive interactions within families and caregivers help kids develop their potential.
The basic architecture of a human brain is constructed beginning before birth, and continues into adulthood. Like the construction of a home, the building process begins with laying the foundation, framing the rooms and wiring the electrical system, and these processes have to happen in the right order. Early experiences literally shape how the brain gets built. A strong foundation in the very early years increases the probability of positive health and learning outcomes later on, while a weak foundation increases the odds of later difficulties. Just as with a house, you can remodel when you need more functionality, but it’s more costly than getting it right the first time.