Children's Hospital Colorado

Addressing Early Childhood Development: The First 1,000 Days of a Child's Life

A mom lays next to her baby while the baby grabs her finger.

Why supporting early childhood development matters

We now know that what happens to children during the first two years of life makes an impact on lifelong health and well-being. While positive interactions help build the foundation for a healthy mind and body, adverse experiences and environments can negatively affect development and well-being. Young children depend on their caregivers to protect them from negative experiences and events.

Let's support early childhood development together

Learn what we're doing to support childhood development and how you can get involved in these initiatives.