Why invest in early childhood?
High quality early childhood education helps children and families build critical skills, habits and neuronal structures—all of which contribute to healthy lifestyles, which in turn contribute to improved academics, social development, physical health and earning potential.
Research on investing along the human lifespan tells us that dollars invested in high quality early childhood programs (birth through age 5) offer the greatest returns.
When we are born, our brain is 25% developed, and yet 90% of the brain is developed before children enter the kindergarten door!
Leaders from all sectors of society -- business, economic development, education, criminal justice, social services -- agree that a high quality early childhood system is critical for a thriving society.