• School success begins at birth. The importance of early childhood

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  • 90% of a child's brain develops by age 5. The importance of early childhood

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Faster than 4G The science of brain development

  • 90%

    of a child's critical
    brain development
    happens by age 5.

  • From Birth

    To age 3, children grow
    and learn at the most
    intense rate.

    By age 4, primary senses and basic motor skills
    are almost fully developed.

  • Did You
    Know?

    The brain is the
    only organ not
    fully developed
    at birth.

  • At Birth,

    About 100 billion neurons,
    or brain cells have been
    produced.

  • In the first few
    years of life,

    700 New

    Neural connections are
    formed every second.

    At age 8 months an infant may have 1,000
    trillion synapses (42,000 a minute!)

  • The First
    5 Years

    Are the most critical in
    the development of a
    child's brain.

    During these years, children begin to develop
    cognitive, social, emotional, and language skills
    and start to relate and interact with the world.

  • The First
    5 Years

    Represents the
    pivotal juncture of
    nurture and nature

    and how they shape the development of young minds.

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Foundational Development

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Born Learning School success starts early

  • Differences in the size of
    children's vocabulary
    first appear at about

    18 Months

  • Quality child care

    Helps children thrive

    The positive, nurturing relationships young kids have
    with their caregivers and teachers shape their learning
    now and throughout their lives.

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  • National Studies

    Show that children exposed to high-quality
    early childhood education:

    Are 40% less likely
    to need special
    education or be held
    back a grade

    Are 70% less likely
    to commit a violent
    crime by age 18

    Have better
    language, math and
    social skills, and
    better relationships
    with classmates

    Have better
    cognitive and
    sensory skills and
    experience less
    anxiety

    Score higher on
    school-readiness
    measures

  • If children start school
    ready to succeed,

    They are more likely to
    read at grade level by

    3rd Grade.

  • Academic
    Success

    Promotes greater
    self-confidence
    and a willingness
    to explore.

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Not my issue It should be

  • Invested in early
    childhood yields a

    $16 Return

  • Nearly 70% of police
    chiefs, sheriffs,

    and prosecutors say that providing more educational
    programs for young children is the most effective strategy
    to reduce youth violence and crime.

    crime
  • 70% Less
    Chance
    of Crime

    Children exposed to high-quality early education are 70%
    less likely to commit a violent crime by age 18.

  • National Security

    Currently, 75 percent of 17 to 24 year olds in
    the U.S. cannot serve in the military,

    primarily because they are physically unfit, have not graduated from high school, or have a criminal record.

  • More Than 300

    Retired generals, admirals, and
    other senior military leaders

    are working together to ensure continued American security and prosperity by
    calling for smart investments in early childhood programs that have been
    shown to result in greater physical health, higher graduation rates and
    decreased crime.

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Shared Responsibility

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Parents are teachers Early Learning = Lifetime Achievement

  • Children Develop

    In an environment
    of relationships

    that begin in the home but also include adults
    and peers in the extended family, providers of
    early care, education, and other services for
    families, and members of the community.

  • Young
    Children

    Serve up frequent
    invitations to engage
    with adults,

    who are either responsive or unresponsive to
    their needs. This "serve and return" process
    is fundamental to the wiring of the brain,
    especially in the early years.

  • Fundamental aspects
    of brain architecture

    necessary for successful learning and
    socio-emotional adjustment are established long
    before a child enters school.

  • To Encourage Play:

    Become an
    advocate for play

    Be sure to
    schedule time
    for play.

    Provide the
    resources for
    stimulating play

    Not necessarily toys,
    just varied objects
    visible to children.

    Re-evaluate

    Structured activities

    Join in the fun,

    But let your child
    take the lead.

    Encourage your
    child

    To use their
    imagination.

    1. Play should be pleasurable and enjoyable.
    2. Play must have no extrinsic goals. Don't start out
      saying, let's develop pre-reading skills.
    3. Play is spontaneous and voluntary.
    4. Play involves active engagement from the
      player. Video games don't count.
    5. And, finally, play contains an element of
      make believe.

    Play Provides

    A strong foundation
    for intellectual
    growth, creativity
    and problem solving.

    In the 21st century, creative
    problem solvers, independent
    thinkers and people with
    expert social acumen will
    inevitably surpass those who
    have simply learned to be
    efficient at getting the right
    answers.

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