First 2,000 Days Toolkit

Awarded 2017 Best Awareness Campaign by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Engage your community about the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life and why early learning is a priority for our state. It’s easy with the First 2,000 Days toolkit!

Materials include:

  • Presentations: Available in PowerPoint that includes a Guide with Talking Points. Faith presentation also available. Spanish version too!
  • Infographics
  • Print Materials: The First 2,000 Days Brochure, Fact Sheet for Faith Community, Business Community Handout, Response Cards (tailored for faith, business, community audiences) and more.

To help us learn more about how the materials are being used and collect feedback for improvements (and so we can keep our funders up-to-date), we ask that you please register to access the toolkit. Thank you!

Not Working in NC?

Due to the success of the First 2000 Days initiative in North Carolina and the numerous requests from across the country to replicate the work, the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation now offers lifetime licenses to organizations outside of North Carolina. Three packages are available: presentation materials, educational materials and engagement tools. Materials are provided in the original design format so that customizing for your state or community is easy!

Training is also available to those investing in a First 2000 Days license to learn about the success of the initiative in NC to inform goal setting, strategies and tactics for creating engagement campaigns. Read more about the licensing here.


  • Please register to download the documents and presentations:


  • We Are Committed to Young Children

    We believe that when all young children are given the best opportunity to realize their potential and contribute as productive citizens, North Carolina prospers. See who else has signed the commitment and join us!
  • Samantha Dooies
    New Hanover / Pender District Attorney's Office
  • Jack Warren
  • Steve Brewington
    Holly Springs
    Holly Springs Police Department
  • George Sawyer
    New Bern
    Sawyer's Lawn Care
  • Kate Daniels
    Wayne County Chamber of Commerce