Children’s brains experience the most dramatic growth in the first years of life.
So, it’s important for them to have opportunities to grow. You can:
- Spend time with the children you know. Play with them, read to them, and help them learn.
- Support programs that help children in need. Children in poverty or with special needs face extra challenges during these years.
- If you have young children in your family, do your best to make them feel secure and loved.
- Friends, neighbors and community members can support families as they care for their young children. For example, offer to babysit occasionally so that family members will have a break. Ask them what you can do to help.
Early education opens doors.
Children who enroll in quality early education programs are more likely to be successful in school and life. You can:
- Find a nearby child care provider and arrange to volunteer with them. Or, ask what else you can do to help out.
Invest now in our kids to build our future.
Investing in early childhood yields a very high return. It increases the chances that children will succeed in school and in life. You can:
- Make a donation to Wyoming Kids First that will help build our early childhood system.
- Donate to other organizations that support children and families.
- Remember, investment comes in many different forms, including money, time, and gifts.
Everyone has a stake in early childhood issues.
Regardless of whether you have children in your life, there are many things you can do. Families, friends, businesses and communities should all work together to make significant changes that will benefit Wyoming and its communities today and in the future. You can:
- Attend a Wyoming Kids First Partnership meeting. Contact your Regional Partnership Manager or the state office for more information.
- Follow us on Facebook for updates and advocacy ideas.
- Ask your employer what they think about family-friendly practices and policies.
- Get the word out! Write a letter to the editor, or write a post on your personal blog.
- Contact your elected officials and tell them why early childhood is important to you.
Want to know more?
Contact the state office to stay up to date and learn more about building an early childhood system in your community.
Also, tell us what skills you are proficient at and how you’d like to use them to help us through volunteer work.