Get The Facts

The work of early childhood education is complex—helping young children develop the skills that will help propel them toward future success in school and in life, all done in a safe and nurturing environment through stable, enriching relationships.

Get to know some of the numbers that shape the current story of early learning, its importance and impact.

THE SCIENCE

700: the number of synapses a young child develops—each a possibilitity to make strong and lasting connections through the power of high-quality learning

30 Million: the number of words low-income children are not exposed to in comparison with their higher-income peers before age 3

THE REALITY

6 Million: the number of American children younger than age 6 who are living in poverty

4%: the percentage of eligible infants and toddlers living in poverty who are currently served by federally funded community-based Early Head Start programs

THE REWARD OF INVESTMENT

$1 invested in early education for at-risk children
yields $7 returned, estimates Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman

THE COST OF INACTION