Greetings!

The Palmetto Basics Campaign has launched!

The Palmetto Basics are five scientifically well-established ways to promote brain development from birth to age three, packaged in a form that every parent, caregiver, family member, friend or citizen can use and share. This type of support for early brain growth is a key to the stimulating start in life that all infants and toddlers deserve. It is the foundation of kindergarten readiness. So encourage your church, your doctor, your employer, and other organizations to promote the Palmetto Basics routinely as a family-support responsibility.

Please register on this site to join the Community. Then watch the videos, download the materials, and help spread the message. Let’s saturate the city! On behalf of the founding organizations, we look forward to an impactful journey together with you to establish the Palmetto Basics as universal childrearing practices beginning from birth.

Yours truly,

Jeff Howard, Chair, the Black Philanthropy Fund

Ron Ferguson, Faculty Director, the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

Rahn Dorsey, Chief, Boston Mayor’s Education Cabinet

Barry Zuckerman, Past Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center

Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH Public Broadcasting