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Smart Start creates life-sized Chutes & Ladders game

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Parents and kids at Smart Start of New Hanover County took part in a life-sized Chutes & Ladders game Friday to spread the word that giving our kids a good start is not a game. Parents and kids at Smart Start of New Hanover County took part in a life-sized Chutes & Ladders game Friday to spread the word that giving our kids a good start is not a game.
Friday's 40-foot Chutes & Ladders board highlights the public investments that are essential to ensuring all of NC's children get the strong start they need to succeed Friday's 40-foot Chutes & Ladders board highlights the public investments that are essential to ensuring all of NC's children get the strong start they need to succeed

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Parents and kids at Smart Start of New Hanover County took part in a life-sized Chutes & Ladders game Friday to spread the word that giving our kids a good start is not a game.

According to a news release, this event is hosted by Moms Rising, The First 2000 Days Campaign and Smart Start of NHC to remind the community and leaders that investing in children means investing in the future of the state.

"I believe the job of our community is to establish a system of care around every child," said Smart Start Executive Director Janet Nelson in a press release. "We can't wait to do this. During the first five years of life all children are growing and learning at a faster pace than any other time in their lives. What we give children at this critical time directly impacts their success. Healthy, capable children are the foundation of a prosperous society."

Friday's 40-foot Chutes & Ladders board highlights the public investments that are essential to ensuring all of NC's children get the strong start they need to succeed, including:

  • quality, affordable early learning programs such as Smart Start and NC Pre-K;
  • child care subsidies that allow parents to work and contribute to the economy;
  • quality public K-12 education;
  • infant mortality prevention programs; and
  • access to health care for children provided through programs such as Medicaid and NC Health Choice

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