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Invest in the First Five Years of Life

The First Five Years of Life is a great organisation that helps some families which are in poor conditions. It does support some parents who are from low-income families in order to help them ensure their children to get better first five years.

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Early education programs do not supplant parents, but support them as their children first and most important teacher. The sad reality is that many low-income parents grew up in poverty and may not have the tools to support their childs education. Evidence-based programs coach low-income parents on how to best support their children education at school and at home starting before the child is born. Only by supporting the family can we narrow the achievement gap and break the cycle of poverty.

Therefore, we do need funds from diverse organizations to help some families which are in poor conditions. Investing in the early years is now understood to be one of the most effective strategies available to governments for reducing inter-generational disadvantage, building human capability and creating a fairer society. 

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Are you contributing this idea on behalf of The First Five Years Fund, Yujun?

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Sorry mate, I am not on behalf of The First Five Years Fund actually. I just posted this article to let more people pay attention to it. That is real purpose for me to post it. Certainly, I will be happy to join the fund and try to help them if they need me.

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good job

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thx for your comment.

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Thank you Yujun. Just comment on my idea and I will invite you to join my team and from there you will be my team member

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Hello Yujun Your idea is sound great. Please Join my team to refine this idea "First five years parenting kit" that also match your idea.

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Sounds great. Could you plz tell me how to join your team?

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The First Five Years Fund sounds like a great organization for early childhood education for disadvantaged children. I consider it is essential to support early learning and to provide childrens from birth to age five quality programms that reinforce the development of their character and cognitive skills. I was glad to take a look in the website and see how this opportunity already exists in America and families can take advantage of it. Have you been thinking about how similar support could be given in less developed countries?

When thinking about the needs in early formation in childrens who are born in under developed countries it comes to my mind a boy born in a small village of Ethiopia. I think his development during his very first years and I think about the differences in between the lives of same age childrens in a first or third world countries. But, what common essentials should both early childhood education have? While in a country such America it would be indispensable to teach the children to have autonomy, to help at home, to do their things; that wouldn't be the most important point in the life of a boy who basically spends most of the time outside home from year one and who has to help with the housework because it is just a need. In both cases and very crucial I consider the importance of dialogue to solve conflicts and learn to listen, encourage empathic attitudes. Essential is also for children to learn to transmit how they feel, understand their feeling and helping them to build their character.

I strongly believe America will make little progress with fundations such as this one and really hope one day similar initiatives could happen all around the globe.

Thank you for your inspiration Yujun,

MarĂ­a Razquin

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Yup, it is really important to some people who really need it. Thx so much for your attention, and I hope we can have a further connection with some good things that being beneficial for our lives in the future.