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.
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
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