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To give every child in Guilford County a great start, we just need The Basics!

“The Five To Thrive!”

The Guilford Basics are five fun, free, simple, and powerful things anyone can do to help every child have a great start in life.


Maximize Love, Manage Stress


Talk, Sing and Point


Count, Group and Compare


Explore through Movement and Play


Read and Discuss Stories

Why The Basics Matter

Research shows that 80% of brain growth happens by age 3. During this time, skill gaps emerge between socio-economic, racial and ethnic groups. Simple interactions can help. In fact, everyday interactions between children, their parents and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give every child a more equal start in life.

Let’s seize the opportunity!

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Guilford Basics