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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World by Roger Thurow

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chapter four

CHICAGO

IN A FAR DIFFERENT COMMUNITY CENTER—THIS ONE BRIGHT, AIRY, and welcoming—Jessica opened the door to the Ounce of Prevention Fund office. She was apprehensive. Was this truly a portal to better opportunities for her and her child, a possible refuge from the poverty and violence that threatened their 1,000 days? A sign beside the door buoyed her hope:

The Ounce of Prevention Fund gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest quality care and education from birth to age five.

Jessica was even getting a jump on that, enlisting in the Ounce’s doula program for guidance during her pregnancy. She was also taking advantage of another community program, Metropolitan ...

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