In the first few years of a child’s life, more than one million new neural connections are formed every second through the interaction of genes and a baby’s environment and experiences. These connections build the brain’s foundation upon which all learning, behavior and health depend.
HIGH-QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION
High-quality care and early childhood education services help ensure that even the most at-risk children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.2 A large body of research indicates that children who live in poverty and have access to high-quality early education experience cognitive, social-emotional, academic, and health benefits.
Children who attend high-quality early care and learning programs are more likely to read at grade level by third grade, graduate high school, attend college and obtain employment.
1″Economic Impact of the Early Child Care and Education Industry in Georgia,”Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (2016) Download PDF.
2″The Abecedarian Project,” FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Visit webpage