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This report tells how civic leaders from Boston, MA, Chattanooga, TN, Pickens County, GA, and Yonkers, NY, are pursuing an ambitious vision: to empower parents from all types of backgrounds, eventually at scale, with the knowledge and inspiration to incorporate the five Basics into their parenting, in order to give children aged birth to three a strong start toward becoming smart, happy, and successful human beings. The Basics are five principles of early-childhood parenting, distilled from research by the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University, with the aid of a national advisory committee of early childhood scholars.


Ferguson, Ronald and Jocelyn Friedlander. "First Three Years of the Journey: How Boston, Chattanooga, Yonkers, and Pickens County Set Out to Enhance Early Childhood Development at Scale." The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, November 2018.