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1,000 Days

2010 - 2026

The first 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2 offer a window of opportunity to create a healthier and more equitable future for all pregnant, birthing, postpartum and parenting people and their children. Our mission is to make health and well-being during the first 1,000 days a policy and funding priority, both in the U.S. and around the world. Our work is inspired and informed by families who strive every day to give their children a strong start to life.

Launched in 2010, the 1,000 Days initiative began its work as a partnership to drive greater action and investment to improve nutrition for women and children around the world. In 2015, our work expanded to focus on the issues affecting the health and well-being of mothers, babies and toddlers in the U.S. The initiative has worked with a broad range of funders, including, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eleanor Crook Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Through targeted and strategic partnerships, communications and advocacy, 1,000 Days influences policy, practice and public awareness to improve the well-being of women and children around the world. We focus on policies and the subsequent funding that support the health and nourishment of families, engage directly with global leaders and those who influence them, and combine the authority of scientific evidence with the power of human voices to create a clear and compelling case for investment.

For more information on 1,000 Days, visit the project’s website.

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