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

“The Five To Thrive!”

The 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