The First Thousand Days of Life: Early Childhood
For the Molina Foundation, literacy is all part of an education continuum that begins very early for a person. Even before they’re born.
“We look at the first thousand days of life. It goes all the way back to when Mom is pregnant. If Mom is thinking about learning and Mom is developing herself, then when the baby is born that baby has a better chance to grow up in a household where parents are talking, singing, reading, playing, praying with that child. And those things all lead to better literacy,” says Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett, the Foundation’s founder.
The importance of Early Childhood Development is a constant theme in all the conversations that Palacio Magazine has had with experts, educators and parents. The importance of stimulation and interaction between parent and child prepares the child for later learning in school. “If a child is behind by the time they get to kindergarten, believe it or not, its hard for them to catch up during their whole school career,” the Doctor warns, “So, we really try to get them ready, to get them to that starting line of kindergarten prepared and ready to go.”
For more information about the Molina Foundation and how you can help, visit their website at www.molinafoundation.org.