Caroline McDowell, Marketing & Communications Manager, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
Lisa Finaldi, North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation
Ask a three-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up, and the answer is just as likely to be superhero or mermaid as veterinarian or engineer.
But inside that preschooler’s brain, a foundation is being built that will play a large role in determining her future school and career success. That’s because during a child’s earliest years, his or her experiences are built into the body, shaping the architecture of the brain and creating the foundation for future learning and health.