Resource | Policy Brief
A child’s first 1,000 days are shaped not only by the decisions made by her parents and caregivers, but also by broader societal and economic factors. That’s why 1,000 Days champions a vision for a world that values and invests in babies, toddlers and their mothers.
Every day, we fight relentlessly to make the nutrition and well-being of women and children in the first 1,000 days—particularly for the most disadvantaged—a policy and funding priority. We are committed to knocking down the barriers that prevent women from giving their children the strongest start and we champion solutions that enable babies, toddlers and their families to thrive.
We are passionate about turning evidence into action and we use our deep understanding of the science and the issues to help shape policies that improve the lives of moms and babies in the U.S. and throughout the world. In Washington D.C. and in global capitals the world over, we make the case to policymakers, leaders and those who influence them that brighter futures begin with ensuring mothers and children everywhere have a thriving first 1,000 days. We create a sense of urgency for policymakers to act during a child’s first 1,000 days because we know that failure to do so can have lasting, irreversible consequences for children, their families and society.
We are proudly non-partisan because we know that healthy and happy mothers, babies and toddlers are a winning issue for everyone.
In the U.S. and around the world, we are fighting to:
Increase investments in women’s nutrition and health throughout the first 1,000 days.
Expand programs that help the most vulnerable babies, toddlers and their families get the nutrition and support they need to thrive.
Improve baby and toddler diets and feeding practices.
Improve policies and increase investments to enable more women and children to breastfeed.