A Good Start

In this week’s column I talk about the importance of the early years in a child’s life. And I encourage people to share their thoughts on a new early childhood strategy underway here in Nova Scotia.

I hesitated a bit before writing this one, because I’m working for the province right now and I didn’t want to sound like I was just touting the company line, so to speak. But I really, genuinely think this is a good thing and I hope it gets the full support and investment it deserves.

All the research shows that kids develop at an exponential rate in the earliest years of their life. I once heard a psychologist say that young children’s brains form one million new synapses a second. It’s the most important stage of their development.

And as I mention in the column, we’ve seen first-hand what a difference it makes to give a kid a good start in life. I’ve shared our daughter’s story before — we adopted her from Rwanda, and those first nine months before she joined our family have had huge implications in her development.

So early years are important, and a logical place for governments to invest. If you’re  aNova Scotian, weigh in with your own thoughts here.

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One response to “A Good Start

  1. For sure, the early years are critically important. I have seen it in many families and also our own. Though our teenage daughter went through some challenges in the 14- 19 year old time frame, it was what she learned when she was young and that she was loved and knew that she had a sense of belonging that has and continues to keep her in a good place. Parents need the support to take the time and invest in their kids. I believe that the social fabric of our communities has been eroding over the years….families need other families especially in the early years to build each child. I am thankful that the province is investing in the future in this way. Coworkers have been raving about the program.

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