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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

New in September from Gift Connect: Program Updates, Vroom Partnership, and more.

Sep 8, 20234 min read

GIFT CONNECT is officially a Vroom partner! Vroom is a free app with science-based tips and tools to help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today…

The development of the child during the first three years after birth is unequaled in intensity and importance by any period that precedes or follows in the whole life of the child. - Maria Montessori. Become enlightened. Image of mother and young child doing art project

New in July from Gift Connect: Recent Kenya Event, Vroom Partnership, Lullaby Playlist 

Jul 21, 20232 min read

Birth to Three Ambassador, Stellar Mengele, Leads Successful Training Program On May 20, 2023, GIFT CONNECT Ambassador, Stellar, conducted a training session with over 1,000 parents and over 1,000 children…

Speak. Sing. Read. Play. Serve and Return. The loving habits to do with your child. Find Inspiration. Image of father and daughter reading together.

New in June from Gift Connect: Wasatch Bank Economic Summit, Podcast with Stellar, Lullaby Playlist 

Jun 15, 20232 min read

GIFT CONNECT Founder, Sam Beard, Attends 2023 Zions Bank Wasatch Bank Economic Summit Sam recently traveled to Utah to explore collaboration possibilities and community connections with people and businesses that…