Why is Early Education Important?
Did you know that the first 5 years of a child’s life are the most important in brain development? During this time, the brain grows to 80-85% of its full adult size. Children learn at a much faster rate during these first few years than at any other time in their lives.
Stressful experiences during the first few years of life can slow a child’s brain growth and development. Sometimes these stressful situations are not in your control, but you can try to give your child a safe, supportive environment that promotes learning. You can help your child by having meaningful interactions and conversations with them during these early years. You can also make sure they have strong relationships with caring, encouraging adults like grandparents, child care teachers, and yourself!
Another way to provide this type of environment for your child is by enrolling them in high-quality early education programs from birth to age 5.
These programs are more likely to help kids:
• Be ready for learning at school
• Be successful readers in 3rd grade and beyond
• Graduate from high school
• Have better career as adults
• Have fewer behavior problems
• Have less chance of smoking, drug use, or depression
High-quality early education programs are an important part of helping kids be ready for school!