The earliest years of childhood are critical. Experiences during this time literally shape the structure of the brain. Because today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, parents and workers, everyone has a stake in making sure all children have the experiences they need to thrive. The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is a local office of North Carolina’s Smart Start system, and brings together all the people involved in a young child’s life. This includes families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers and many others to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth and development.