What happens during the first years of a child’s life has a huge impact on his future; from his ability to graduate high school and go to college, to relational happiness, to finding a job he loves. How do you make the most of this time?
There’s nothing more inspiring than the idea of big change. Especially when it comes to the future of our city. But what if the most important change Memphis needs is not big, but small? That’s right: baby small.
Touch, Talk, Read, Play
In the first year of life, Baby's brain grows at a remarkable pace. By the time Baby is three, his brain will reach 80 percent of its adult size. That’s why the time from Baby's birth to when he turns three is so important. Early brain development is largely shaped by Baby's environment, as well as his health and wellness. But his brain is wired to learn and you, as parents, can be an active part of his development by these simple, daily habits that don't cost a thing.
The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County was first published in 2006 with the initial purpose of compiling the best available data on children in our community. This 2013 volume continues to track and update the data. It has also become more focused on our community’s youngest children, specifically those under age three.