"Early experiences are built into our bodies--for better or worse." Jack P. Shonkoff PhD
"Early childhood is both the most critical and the most vulnerable time in any child's development. In the first few years, the ingredients for intellectual, emotional, and moral growth are laid down. We cannot fail children in these early years."
T. Berry Brazelton, MD and Stanley Greenspan, MD, George Washington University Medical Center
"We should start with the idea of restoring value and significance to the idea of nurturing, recognize that all our children need it and create programs and institutions that will help us give it to them.
... If we're worried about the cost, we might look at it this way: The less care a child has in the early years, the more society will have to pay for it later on."
Naomi F. Chase
"Let's raise children who won't have to recover from their childhoods."
"What's done to children, they will do to society."
Dr. Karl Menninger
"Babies learn resignation easily. They learn to accept unfulfilled needs, but at the price of lowered self-esteem and trust in their environment. "
The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
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What Our Supporters Are Saying
"I knew I had to support Smile At Your Baby! as soon as I read their first brochure. It just makes sense--it's not rocket science. If society is ever going to change for the better it will have to start at infancy. I feel privileged to be a part of it."
~ Brent Jeffers, Pullman, WA
Reason #10 to donate to Smile At Your Baby! TODAY: Bonding with our infants and toddlers can reduce the chances that they become the "bad kids" at school, that they use drugs or that they end up in jail one day.
Reason #9 to donate to Smile At Your Baby! TODAY: Smile At Your Baby! is earth-friendly! Our brochures are printed on recycled content paper with vegetable based inks. Our T-shirts are printed on organic cotton. We reduce, reuse and recycle. Why? Because SAYB believes we are all connected, the Earth, human beings and animals! :D
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"As a mother of two and writer for kids, I believe the philosophy and mission of Smile At Your Baby! is nothing short of world-changing. When children know they are loved and valued they grow up to be adults who love and value people in the ways our hurting world needs. Thank you, Shelley Calissendorff for staying focused on this important call!" ~ Sundee T. Frazier, Author of Coretta Scott-King Award-Winning children's book, "Brandon Buckley's Universe and Everything in it"