The first 1,000 days make a lifetime of difference.
A child's first three years are critical. That's when 90 percent of intensive brain development occurs. Experiences during this time have a lasting impact on later learning, health, and success. Every child has the innate ability to love learning, develop meaningful, nurturing relationships, and build a foundation for a bright future. This brief window is our best chance to ensure all children have the opportunity to develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.
Successful children are built, not born. They need care and attention to do their best - and so do their parents. The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance works to ensure every family in Northern New York can access the services needed to help their children develop the social, emotional, and academic foundations that will serve them throughout life.
We can't afford to wait. When we give children the tools to succeed in school and in life, we all benefit. High-quality early education produces the highest return on investment. Long-term studies show that children who receive high-quality early childhood education are more likely to have the experiences needed for higher academic achievement, economic productivity, and responsible citizenship.
Our mission is your mission. We all have a stake in what happens to children in the first three years, those critical first 1,000 days. A vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development. The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance works side-by-side with providers in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, and the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, to improve and expand early-care services through advocacy, training, and public outreach.
All young children are healthy, learning, and thriving in families that are supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for success in school and life.
Create a regional structure to design and manage strategies that support a comprehensive and sustainable early childhood system as evidenced by school readiness.
Our Guiding Principles
Preparation for school and life takes development on several fronts - physical, social, emotional, and educational. Each of our members are guided by the following principles:
Our communities are strengthened by diversity. We support all children and all families, recognizing that each has different cultures, languages, abilities, and family structures.
Healthy development is a team effort. It encompasses physical health, oral health, cognition, and social-emotional development. The underpinnings of healthy development begin before birth.
Parents and families are the most influential people in a child's life. The term 'parent' includes all people with primary responsibility for nurturing children.
Families are best supported with strong public policy and services promoting economic stability, self-sufficiency, and strong and resilient relationships.
Our regional plan can only be achieved by building connections among state, regional, and community strengths and by integrating resources into one unified system that works for children and families.