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Peace & Justice Wednesday May 2 at 9 a.m. – First 1000 Days Sarasota

Written by on Monday, April 30, 2018

At nine a.m. this Wednesday morning  you’ll have only three more hours to go to givingpartnerchallenge.org to search for WSLR, put in your credit card donation of $25-$100, and have that amount DOUBLED!  This Giving Partner 24-hour opportunity starts Tuesday, May 1 at noon and ends at noon on Wednesday, May 2.  

When making your donation, be sure to mention “PJR” (Peace & Justice Report) in the “In Honor of” field. That way the station will know we have supporters and will continue to put us on the air each week.


Our first guest Wednesday morning will be Kelly Romanoff of the Barancik Foundation and First 1000 Days Sarasota, the first  affiliate of the Florida First 1000 Days Coalition.

In Sarasota County, 52 percent of babies are born in to families living in poverty. These new mothers and babies often leave the hospital and return to an unstable home offering little food, emotional support and other important resources. Realization of this tragic need caused the community’s passionate early childhood development professionals to ask, “How can we embrace these families and ensure they access the community resources they need?”  This question has taken nearly 30 organizations more than one year to answer.

What emerged was a new community initiative—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County.  The initiative will help families better access medical, emotional and wellness services pre-pregnancy through the developmental years.

By age 2, a baby’s brain has reached 80% of its adult size. The quality of experiences during the first 1,000 days of life establishes either a strong or fragile foundation for everything that follows.