Building Block #1: Healthy brain development depends on quality early learning

Because the first five years have such as impact on brain development, we cannot afford to lose even one year of a child’s early education.

Fast Facts:

  • The neural circuits in the brain for vision, hearing, language, and higher cognitive function peak in the first two years of age.
  • Experience affects which neural circuits remain and which by age six will be “pruned” or cut away.
  • Because of the early brain development “The rate of return is much greater when early education is done early, as brain plasticity decreases with age.” Judy L. Cameron, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, at PA Early Learning Investment Commission Economic Summit, April 10, 2010

You can share:

  • Examples of what an impact quality early education has made on a child’s cognitive and social skills in the span of one year.
  • Show that even one year in a young child’s life has a lifelong impact on their learning.

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Thank you for your helping our young children reach their promise through quality early education!