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Public Event

The Crucial First 1,000 Days

Exploring Collaborative Models That Prepare Children for Success


December 6, 2017

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA


Research shows that the most critical period for child development is the first 1,000 days of a child's life. That fact presents an opportunity to work with both children and parents as they strive to prepare children for success during this particularly important period. 

Please join us to learn about multiple models for leveraging cross-sector collaborations to transform the systems that can improve the health outcomes of young children, outcomes that can have effects into adulthood.

As part of the Vision 2020 strategic plan, the Boston Foundation committed to exploring and supporting an early childhood strategy that addresses this critical period in child development.  To launch this work, the Foundation is hosting a series of forums and convenings throughout the coming year that highlight opportunities and challenges in the early childhood space.


Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation 

Opening Remarks

Nineequa Blanding, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness, The Boston Foundation

Featured Speaker 

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health, Mass General Hospital; 
Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital for Children; 
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; 
Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard Chan School of Public Health


Wendell Knox, Former CEO, Abt Associates, and Co-Founder, Boston Basics
Mary D. Coleman, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, EMPath
Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health, Mass General Hospital
David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Florence Sprague Norman & Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, and Professor of African American Studies & Sociology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Panel Moderator 

Nineequa Blanding, MPH

Closing Remarks 

Paul S. Grogan

For additional information or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle