Frederick Douglass once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” These words reflect how essential the early years are for raising healthy, thriving children into stable, successful adults. The period between birth and age five is not only critical for brain development, but it’s also a tender time when young families need access to quality child care. This isn’t just a concern for families and caregivers – when children thrive, the whole community benefits. This conversation explores how we can set our children up for success and brighten Georgia’s future by supporting child care and early learning.