Start Small. Think Big.

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

Military and Veterans Ambassadors

Discipline, dedication and achievement are part of the military ethos – and they are qualities that lead to success in any walk of life.  As a member of the military or a veteran, you know the value of having a clear mission and working to accomplish it. Our community needs your help to ensure that our youngest citizens grow up to be productive, contributing members of society. Here’s how you can make a difference for young children and their families – and the future of the Monadnock region.


Learn More

Learn from recent research and reports about how low educational attainment, criminal behavior, obesity and other issues are preventing many young adults from military readiness, and how early childhood interventions could change this.

Watch the videos on this website, especially “Start Small. Think Big,” to hear why early child development is critical to our community’s future.

Speak Up

Be an advocate for early childhood education in a variety of forums & public meetings, personal communications, and through the media.

  • Utilizing the research and reports available (such as the ones mentioned above), advocate for common-sense solutions to the educational and health challenges that prevent the vast majority of the nation’s young adults from being qualified for the honor of military service. Inspire and mobilize others to support the issue!

Call on local and state policymakers to ask what they are doing to support early childhood initiatives, and encourage them to embrace evidence-based interventions as one way to help strengthen American families and prepare the next generation for military service.

Take Action

Join the board of a local early childhood organization.

Volunteer to support early childhood education programs. Whether it’s volunteering in the classroom to support teachers, or just helping maintain attractive school grounds for students to take pride in, you can play a role in improving early childhood programs.

Host a screening of Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years and invite friends, neighbors and fellow members of the military to discuss how they could take action to support early childhood at the local level.

Join Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan national security organization of over 600 retired admirals, generals, and other retired senior military leaders calling for smart investments in America’s children.