Early childhood is unequivocally the most important phase for overall development throughout the human lifespan. Brain and biological development during the first years of life is highly influenced by an infant’s environment, as early experiences determine health, education, and economic participation for the rest of life. Outside the immediate family, the community in which children spend time includes both their physical and social environments and how those environments influence the child’s development. All West Virginians – child care providers, teachers, public servants, organizers, businesses, church members, public servants, business leaders – somehow touch the lives of young children in some very important ways. Regardless of who you are, there are simple ways you can influence a young child’s healthy development and, remember, you don’t have to be a parent to empower others to be great parents.