If we are serious about transforming our communities in a real way, we must rebuild what’s been broken and lay a solid foundation: healthy children, equipped to thrive as adults.
The research is conclusive, 90% of brain development occurs by age 5. Character and cogitative potential are locked-in within that development period. By the time our children go to school, millions of our babies have missed this very window simply because not enough has been done to empower and educate low income caregivers.
In this country, those who are sufficiently literate and/or affluent, have an entire multi-million dollar parenting market waiting to equip them with brain based research for the early 0-5 child development period. As a result, their children thrive.
The same cannot be said for low literacy-low income parents. The by-product? Destitute communities that impact all of us! The book, Ring the Alarm, breaks down complex brain-based science into easy to understand language and couples it up with an online community resource (Urban Bailout) and consultative services to support black and Latino caregivers and communities.
Anyone who is serious about impacting the socioeconomic and political power of black and Latinos in this country should explore this book, connect with the author, share the knowledge, and be a part of the solution.
Millions of kindergarteners walking into traditionally failing public schools in cities across the country, ready to read, full of life, and with an unshaken will to learn? It is possible. Ring the Alarm and Urban Bailout lay out a science-based blueprint!
*Author and advocate, Nikolai Pizarro is available for coaching and speaking engagements on the topics of early childhood education, early brain development, early literacy, and childhood nutrition. Wholesale pricing for the Ring the Alarm is available to non-profits and on bulk orders.