Early Investments, A Lifetime of Success.

Together, we can make Ohio the best place to be a young child.

Brains are built by early experiences.


of brain growth happens in the first 3 years of life.

1 in 4

Ohio infants & toddlers

under age 3

live in poverty.

Public investments in high-quality prenatal to three interventions
for Ohio children deliver

13% ROI

per year.

We're working to lift up all Ohio children.

The trajectory of development during the earliest years positions children for future success and a foundation of lifelong positive education and health outcomes. Not all children, however, have the same early experiences. By age 3, low income learners have half the vocabulary as their high-income peers leading them to be up to two years behind when they enter the kindergarten classroom. 

Our Countdown to
Success for Kids:


Ready to Thrive

Infants and toddlers who are born healthy, grow and develop in healthy environments, and have access to quality healthcare services have better physical, emotional, and mental health throughout their lives.



Setting Families Up for Success

Families are the first and most important teachers, playing a critical role in a child’s development during the first three years of life. When families have the resources and support to provide adequate care and enrichment during the earliest years, children can grow and thrive.



Soaring to Kindergarten &Beyond 

Babies are born learning. High-quality child care gives children the opportunity for social, emotional, and intellectual development to be ready for school. If ready for kindergarten, children are positioned for success in school and life.


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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

- Frederick Douglass


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