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Amplifying the Importance of Birth to Three

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About Gift Connect

Every second, a child’s brain forms over one million new neural connections. We’re on a mission to fix the underinvestment in developmental resources for children from birth to age three, ensuring every child gets the best start in life.

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What We Do


Advocacy Network


Our Philosophy

Loving connections between children and their caregivers are the foundation for healthy brain development

Practice the 6 Loving Habits:

Speak. Sing. Read. Play. Count. Serve & Return.






Serve & Return.


Connect Conversations

Want to learn why birth to three is so important and how to build your child’s brain capacity? From experts in science, policy, and programming, CONNECT Conversations is the podcast for all things birth to three.

Understanding and acting on the proven science of Birth to 3 will be transformational for America and around the world. Without investing in and focusing on development during the critical years of birth to 3: We can’t transform education. We can’t reverse poverty.  We can’t build the desired 21st century workforce. We can’t deliver limitless potential to every baby.

Sam Beard, Founder & President


Latest News

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Brain Science and the Role of Parents & Caregivers in Early Childhood Development

Mar 18, 20244 min read

Early childhood is a time of profound growth and development, where young minds are shaped in ways that set the stage for a lifetime of learning and cognitive abilities. The…

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Nurturing Minds and Hearts: The Importance of Loving Habits for Children from Birth to Age Three

Feb 28, 20244 min read

The first few years of a child’s life are nothing short of miraculous. It’s a period filled with rapid growth, exploration, and wonder, and it also lays the foundation for…

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New in January from Gift Connect: New Website, Bee Smart Program, and more.

Jan 31, 20243 min read

New Year, New Website Happy 2024! We’re starting off the New Year with a brand new website. The updated site features refreshed navigation that simplifies our mission into “Who We…