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85% of a child's brain is developed in the first five years of life!

Our future depends on nurturing young minds and helping our youngest children begin school ready to succeed now and in the future. That’s where we come in. Dorchester County First Steps is committed to meeting the challenge of school readiness by addressing five focus areas: strengthening families, improving child health and well-being, increasing the quality of child care, furthering early education opportunities, and helping rising kindergartners transition to school.

Nurturing young minds is linked to not just to young children beginning school ready to succeed but also the child’s future academic success. A child’s school readiness is determined by critical components of good health, nurturing and positive, participatory parenting. The costs of not investing in early childhood education are just too great to ignore.

1. Experiences Build Brain Architecture
2. Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry
3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

Every child should enter school healthy and ready to:

  • be excited about learning
  • grow in self-awareness and self-esteem
  • enjoy reading
  • develop socially, emotionally, and academically

Every family should understand the importance:

  • of the parent’s role in the development of a child
  • of reading aloud and verbal communication for language development
  • of ongoing learning experiences for the entire family