Why Early Childhood Education?

Brain development. School readiness. Economic development. Children's health. That's Why.

Early Education is A Smart Investment

Economic Development

Reliable, quality care is essential in recruiting and retaining the workforce necessary for growth. Working families that have children in a high-quality early childhood program are six times more likely to remain in the workforce, have higher household earnings and reduced dependency on social services.

 

Children who attend high-quality pre-k programs do better in school from the first day of kindergarten through their post-secondary years. Compared with peers who have not had pre-k, they are:

  • 3 times more likely to enter kindergarten on target
  • 3 times more likely graduate high school
  • more likely to attend college
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Brain Development

Brains Are Built Over Time From the Bottom Up

By age 5, a child’s brain reaches 90% of its adult capacity, developing more than 1,000,000 new neural connections every second. Early learning experiences lay the foundation in the brain’s architecture that will develop into deep, or shallow, roots for learning, health, and lifelong success.

The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Simpler neural connections and skills form first, followed by more complex circuits and skills. In the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections form every second. After this period of rapid proliferation, connections are reduced through a process called pruning, which allows brain circuits to become more efficient.

 

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