Statement on the election of Donald J. Trump

Mom and baby

At 1,000 Days, we believe that America’s greatness depends on the health and well-being of young children and their families—here at home and throughout the world. We know that how well a child is nourished and cared for in his or her first 1,000 days has a profound impact on his or her ability to grow, learn, and thrive—and a lasting effect on a nation’s health and prosperity. For a new president, the first 100 days in office can be of comparable significance as it is a window of opportunity to shape a legacy.

History will judge President-elect Trump by the legacy that he leaves for future generations.  For this reason, we urge the President-elect to use his first 100 days as America’s leader to build a healthier and more prosperous future by investing in the policies and programs that help young children and their families thrive.

All of us have a stake in whether children get a strong start to life.  As a society, when we don’t nourish a child’s potential, we all feel the consequences. It is our sincerest hope that the President-elect will act with integrity and good will to protect our nation’s and our world’s most precious and vulnerable resource—young children.

 

Lucy M. Sullivan
Executive Director
1,000 Days