In 2017, The Duke Endowment shared with grantees and other stakeholders that we are exploring an exciting new strategic emphasis on early childhood issues, focusing on children ages zero to eight. Initially, this will be seen in special initiatives — such as our work with Blue Meridian Partners, a collaborative effort among 12 national funders seeking to expand evidence-based programs serving economically disadvantaged youth. Over time, we’ll be asking our four program areas to incorporate early childhood work into their everyday grantmaking. With brain science offering compelling evidence that early childhood interventions can be the powerful lever we need to maximize our impact, we believe this will help fulfill Mr. Duke’s vision for a better life in the Carolinas.