LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Development for Arkansas's children begins at birth. Lots of families need help with that here, but only two-percent are getting it.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is partnering with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families to change that.
Mind over matter is the old saying, and getting a head start is a good idea according to Paul Kelly of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. He says, "From birth to 18 months, 90 percent of a child's metabolic energy goes for brain development."
Kelly says this stage is vitally important and has long term effects. He says, "It is a critical time to make sure that children have all of the supports, the sense of security, the warmth, the nurturing, the right foods, the right interventions."
THV's Dustin Wilson will have more on this story tonight on "Today's THV at 6:00".