Start Small. Think Big.

Because the future of the entire Monadnock Region depends on the success of our youngest citizens.

At-risk kids who can’t access high-quality preschool experiences face an early deficit of their own — except the stakes are much higher than the outcome of a basketball game.

-Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke University

According to the Department of Defense, 71 percent of all young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unable to serve in the armed forces. This is largely due to three major factors: poor early education, obesity, or a record of crime or drug abuse.

-Mary E. Landry, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

This is a smart, game-changing opportunity to create the highest returns in the quality of life for all of us in the Monadnock Region.

-Jeff Miller, Former President, MARKEM

You may be a sister, or an uncle, or simply a neighbor. Any one of us can be a positive influence for a young child. Any one of us can come forward to help a family in stress.

-Rich Randall, Director of Operations, Polyonics, Inc., Westmoreland

Toxic stress threatens the stability of many families in our community and it’s caused by many factors, including poverty, abuse, homelessness, mental illness. If we’re serious about helping young children, we have to address these factors.

-Robert Collinsworth, Detective, Keene Police Department