Why 0-3?

The environment of a child’s earliest years can have effects that last a lifetime.

From the ages of 0 to 3, a baby’s brain grows to 80% of its adult size and is twice as active as adults. In combating the issues facing Memphis youth today, it’s hard to imagine that this stage of life is even worth mentioning; but decades of research have shown just how important children’s earliest experiences are for their long-term well-being.

As Nobel Prize winner James Heckman has said: "Early experiences can translate into school readiness, academic success, and lifetime well-being. Success builds upon success. When more children in a community are ready to learn, community-wide levels of human and social capital rise."

Learn how to better understand the early development patterns that can vastly improve the health and well-being of the children in our community by checking out the information below.

Baby and BrainBaby and Brain

Discover exactly how these early experiences are related to brain development and how this information can help children who are at risk.


Find out why parenting is one of the most powerful environmental influences on a child’s well-being and future outcome.

Language and LiteracyLanguage and Literacy

Get simple, hands-on tips to help develop language and literacy skills during this important stage of learning.

Child CareChild Care

See how child care can influence a child’s development and what factors to consider when choosing care.

Suggested ReadingSuggested Reading

Check out our library of resources for further information on a variety of topics from motherhood to brain development to public policy and more.