GEEARS is leading a statewide public awareness campaign to spread the message about the importance of a child’s first 2,000 days of life. These community influencers carry the First 2000 Days message with them in their professional and personal life.

Asif Jessani

“I believe the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are important because that is when the child creates its relationship with the environment which includes self, family, friends, and the community. The first 2,000 days are also critical for a child’s brain development and when a child should be exposed to various experiences which […]

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Stephanie Hodges Shell

“I believe the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are important because a baby’s brain grows extremely fast. Research shows the number of loving words a baby hears in the first three years of life makes a BIG difference!” – Stephanie Hodges Shell, Director of Communications and Partnerships at Centennial Academy Charter School

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Angela Byrd Reed

“I strongly believe that the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are important because as a former educator, I have seen first-hand what happens when a child doesn’t have the exposure, resources, and support needed to establish a solid foundation upon entering the school environment at the pre-K/kindergarten level. As a mother of two […]

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Tatjyana Elmore

“I believe the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are important because it’s the start of building a solid learning foundation for young children.”   –Tatjyana Elmore, Early Care and Education Manager, Quality Care for Children

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Susan Hudgens Harper, EdS

“What greater gift can you give a child than the gift of WORDS……WORDS that will build the brain. The brain is rapidly growing during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life. By giving a child WORDS, talking and reading to a child, brain connections are being made that will prepare the child to be […]

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Kenneth Braswell

“For fathers, the first 2,000 days is the critical time that they create lasting and intimate bonds with their children. In addition, research shows that time spent in the first 5 years for fathers are critical in establishing a long-term parenting bond; particularly for co-parents.” –  Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director, Fathers Incorporated Fatherhood Networks, NCBDI, National […]

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Sandra Stone

“The window of opportunity is abundant during the [first 2,000 days] of a child’s life. A child’s brain is ready to learn and soak up knowledge. As a parent educator I embrace the chance to encourage parents, teachers, caregivers, and those who work with children to be an advocate for learning. “ –  Sandra Stone, Parent Educator […]

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Hansa Bhargava, MD

“I am a Champion for Georgia’s First 2000 Days campaign because a child’s future and our future are impacted by their first 2,000 days of life. “ –  Hansa Bhargava, MD,UNICEF, AAP, WebMD

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David Suitts

“I am a Champion for Georgia’s First 2000 Days campaign because the most critical period of brain development happens during this time. Helping families during this crucial 2000-day period sets children up for success in school and beyond!” –  David Suitts, Unite for Kids Atlanta

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Anastacia Johnson

“I am a Champion for Georgia’s First 2000 Days campaign because the first 2,000 days set the foundation for the rest of a child’s social, emotional and academic life.”   –  Anastacia Johnson, Latin College Preparatory Academy  

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