We focus on the birth-to-five years because we know that inspiring, encouraging and educating children—through the earliest relationships they form—profoundly shapes who they’ll become.
Decades of data and ongoing research have proven what an effective investment high-quality early learning experiences are, regardless of socio-economic background. Children who have a solid foundation from early education not only perform better in school, they also gain the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in life.
In developing secure relationships with adults, young children discover a sense of confidence, which enables them to explore and learn about the world around them. They are also developing synapses at an extraordinary rate: 700 every second.
The rapid growth in brain architecture before age 5 is literally unlike any other time in our lives. Those new synapses can be strengthened with high-quality learning experiences, or they can wither and fade from adverse experiences such as food insecurity, lack of positive reinforcement and toxic stress.
Good investments in early childhood are really about investing in families and communities. They’re about supporting healthy development in babies, strengthening the bond between a parent and child, and employing a highly-skilled early childhood workforce.
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