Smart Small. Think Big. is the early childhood development initiative of Impact Monadnock.
This multi-year initiative targets all children in the Monadnock Region, from birth to age five, and their families. It was created in response to research indicating that early childhood development is one of the most critical factors determining the future of all citizens of the Monadnock Region — because what happens to our youngest residents will have a powerful impact on our community’s future success and prosperity.
All children in the Monadnock Region and their families are healthy, learning, and thriving, now and in the future.
To prepare children from birth to age five in the Monadnock Region for future academic, career, and life success.
All children (age 0-5) in the Monadnock Region will meet developmentally appropriate language, cognitive, social and emotional, and physical health milestones.
The most important investment we can make.
Focusing on the educational achievement and welfare of children from birth to age five creates a strong foundation for their future health, happiness and economic opportunity. And this in turn, leads to more stability and prosperity for the communities where they live.
Jeff Miller, a local business executive and Impact Monadnock board member, says that by investing in early child development, we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally change the future.
“It is significantly less expensive and more effective to prevent problems early than to deal with problems later. This is the most important investment we can make.”
Healthy children who succeed in school and find positive outlets for play and recreation are far more likely to become productive, contributing members of the community. This is why early childhood development programs like “Start Small. Think Big.” are so important for the future of our region.
Impact Monadnock is funded by (listed alphabetically):
The Putnam Foundation
Rick and Jan Cohen
Impact Monadnock thanks these funders, along with many other community members, for generous contributions that make this work possible.