‘Promising Start’ action programme invests in the first 1000 days in The Netherlands

Published September 12, 2018

Every child deserves the best possible start of his or her life and an optimal chance of a good future. The first 1000 days are crucial for a good start. The health of a child before, during and after birth appears to be an important predictor of problems – both physically and mentally – in later life. Minister Hugo de Jonge (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) has therefore joined hands with municipalities and stakeholders from the birth care and youth health care sectors in the Kansrijke Start (‘Promising Start’) action programme to offer the children of today and the adults of tomorrow a better chance.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is involved in Promising Start and will invest in the implementation of the action programme where we can offer specific added value and it fits in with our strategy. Leontien Peeters, country representative of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, is an active member of the national coalition that, together with Minister Hugo de Jonge, will promote the importance of the first 1000 days for children and the implementation of the programme.

First meeting coalition first 1000 days