Brain Growth and Development
“The early years of life matter because early experiences affect the architecture of the maturing brain. As it emerges, the quality of that architecture establishes either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all ofthe development and behavior that follows -- and getting things right the first time is easier than trying to fix them later.”- FrameWorks Institute
Investment in early childhood programs and education is investment inour children’s brains: (source: Born Learning, United Way of America)
- 90% of the brain develops in the first 5 years.
- By the age of 5, many children in high-risk environments are already developmentally behind. This gap only grows over time –undermining school readiness and success in life.
- Kindergarten teachers estimate that 1 in 3 children enter the classroom unprepared to meet the challenges of kindergarten.
- Some 46% of kindergarteners come to school at risk for failure.
- The poorest children start kindergarten 1-2 years behind in language and other skills important to school success.
Yet, despitethis knowledge,we continue toinvest less atthis critical time- putting our economic future at risk.