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Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything
Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything

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This has been a busy week for the Ounce sharing the importance of early learning! Our Connected Women. Powerful Impact. roundtable Tuesday brought together more than 200 business women to discuss how to best build the next generation of leaders. And we partnered with One Hope United, North Chicago CUSD 187, and Des Plaines District 62 to showcase high-quality early learning to US Rep. Bob Dold and State Sen. Laura Murphy.

Next week, you can help advocate for quality early learning. Join the Responsible Budget Coalition State of OUR State rally in Springfield on January 27: http://bit.ly/1nqFt8a
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Friday Fact: High-quality early learning programs can improve children’s access to health services, including dental screenings.

As you are striving to make 2016 a happy and healthy year for you and your family, know that their are great health implications for children participating in high-quality early learning programs—from access to nutritious food to education in positive health behaviors.
Learn more about how early learning boosts health outcomes: http://bit.ly/1nXbOm6
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Happy New Year! As we celebrate the beginning of 2016, we are reminded of how important every year is in a child's life—especially the first five. This is when they are building essential social-emotional and academic skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives.

Visit our parent resource page for activities and ideas for how you can make this year count for you and your child: http://bit.ly/1xSixky
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Make 2015 an even better year! As you wrap up the holiday season and the end of the year, remember that this a great time for giving. Help us ensure that all children have access to quality early learning that will help them build the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Donate today!

To donate, visit: http://bit.ly/1PWOalZ or simply reply with #donate.
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Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? How does scarcity drive behavior?

Explore these ideas and more at our It's Good Business to Invest in Young Children Annual Luncheon. Join us on April 26 and hear from keynote Speaker Sendhil Mullainathan, professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/1OjgKwf
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Friday Fact: Remember to take time—Spending more time with your children will strengthen your bond and their overall well-being.

This holiday season, remember one of the most important gifts you can give your child is your time. Whether you are reading a story or making dinner together, every moment counts. Here are some ideas for how you can support your child's learning while you spend quality time together: http://bit.ly/1RIUvkD
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Friday Fact: The majority of Educare students enter kindergarten exhibiting average or above average social-emotional skills, which help them negotiate the new demands of elementary school.

Proof that high-quality early learning works! Learn more about this proven model on the new Educare website: http://www.educareschools.org/
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Happy World Kindness Day! Kindness and other essential social-emotional skills are rooted in early learning. Children learn kind behaviors, such as sharing and taking turns early in life. Celebrate World Kindness Day by doing something kind with your family this weekend.
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It’s National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Researchers have found that infancy is when a person is at highest risk of living in a homeless shelter in the U.S.

The good news is in quality early learning and care programs, homeless children have access to key supports—including nutrition, secure environments and stable relationships—imperative to their healthy development.

Check out our guide to supporting children and families experiencing homelessness on our Publications page: http://bit.ly/1MoNtzl
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Friday Fact: The best treat you can give your child is a strong start in life by giving her high-quality early learning experiences.

No tricks here: the transformative power of high-quality early learning doesn't happen as swiftly as a costume change—it happens overtime and with parents, teachers and caregivers who are intent on starting early to create and encourage the experiences essential to a child's healthy development.
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