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.