Faster than 4G The science of brain development
of a child's critical
happens by age 5.
To age 3, children grow
and learn at the most
By age 4, primary senses and basic motor skills
are almost fully developed.
The brain is the
only organ not
About 100 billion neurons,
or brain cells have been
In the first few
years of life,
Neural connections are
formed every second.
At age 8 months an infant may have 1,000
trillion synapses (42,000 a minute!)
Are the most critical in
the development of a
During these years, children begin to develop
cognitive, social, emotional, and language skills
and start to relate and interact with the world.
pivotal juncture of
nurture and nature
and how they shape the development of young minds.
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Born Learning School success starts early
Differences in the size of
first appear at about
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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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
language, math and
social skills, and
sensory skills and
Score higher on
If children start school
ready to succeed,
They are more likely to
read at grade level by
and a willingness
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Not my issue It should be
Invested in early
childhood yields a
Nearly 70% of police
and prosecutors say that providing more educational
programs for young children is the most effective strategy
to reduce youth violence and crime.
Children exposed to high-quality early education are 70%
less likely to commit a violent crime by age 18.
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
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Parents are teachers Early Learning = Lifetime Achievement
In an environment
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.
Serve up frequent
invitations to engage
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.
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
for play.Provide the
Not necessarily toys,
just varied objects
visible to children.Re-evaluate
Structured activitiesJoin in the fun,
But let your child
take the lead.Encourage your
To use their
- Play should be pleasurable and enjoyable.
- Play must have no extrinsic goals. Don't start out
saying, let's develop pre-reading skills.
- Play is spontaneous and voluntary.
- Play involves active engagement from the
player. Video games don't count.
- And, finally, play contains an element of
A strong foundation
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
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Donate Books: to your local
library, child care center or
Volunteer: to read to young kids
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