The first years of a childs life are critically important to brain development. The very first step to healthy children is adequate prenatal care. Early Head Start National Resource Center
Those who are physically fit are much less likely to have health problems. All of Colchesters Youngest Citizens are Healthy, Happy & Successful Children: A Community-wide blueprint for our youngest citizens and their families 2009. (hyperlink to the C3 blueprint)
Oral and dental health from birth impacts overall health and learning. Mayo Clinic
Approximately 190 children are born each year to Colchester households. All of Colchesters Youngest Citizens are Healthy, Happy & Successful Children: A Community-wide blueprint for our youngest citizens and their families 2009. (hyperlink to the C3 blueprint)
Goals and Purpose
Effective early childhood programs generate benefits to society that far exceed program costs. Extensive analysis shows that investing in education and development in the earliest years produce the greatest returns. How we educate children - whether at home, with licensed providers, or elsewhere - makes a tremendous difference.
What We Are Doing
Partnered with Colchester Rotary to develop a Book Mobile that travels throughout town to provide books and resources to the community. Collcted over 1,500 children’s books for donation to families. Initiated two Head Start programs to serve the community. Provided several workshops and trainings to the community and providers improving programs related to math, literacy, and professional development.
Join our team or volunteer at an event as we support the families in Colchester. We believe that supporting our youngest citizens and families today will strengthen our community tomorrow.