Children who enter kindergarten unprepared are more likely to perform below grade level in third grade, and are unlikely to ever catch up.
Low third grade reading scores indicate future crime rates and are used when estimating future jail and prison populations.
The skills we look for in workers - critical thinking, problem solving, working well with others - are all built on the foundation of those early years?
That’s why every dollar invested in early childhood education yields a return on investment between $7 and $17.
Almost 90% of the brain’s development occurs before the age of 5, making these years the most critical for education and the foundation for all future learning?
Is my child ready? Free Online Developmental Screening for children ages birth-5.
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