Why quality early learning matters
Quality early learning and child development can open the doors of opportunity for every child to do well in school, in the workforce, and in life. But quality early learning requires the commitment of families, teachers, and the community in order for children to reach their promise.
Children learn best when they have proper health and nutrition, a safe and stable family and home life, and activities that stimulate creativity, curiosity, and all the skills they will need to succeed in school and life.
- Fast facts we should all know
- Smart Investments, Big Returns fact sheet (PDF)
- Quality early learning promotes brain development
- Quality early learning prepares children for school success
- Providing children with quality early learning saves taxes and public costs
- Access to quality early education protects jobs today and will attract jobs in the future
- Leading research on the importance of quality early learning opportunities
- Build the case – Share research facts with school leaders and our elected officials
Research has taught us that the earliest years of childhood are critically important to children’s long term development. When children are thriving, their parents can provide for and support a more stable family. Quality education for our children today prepares them for high quality jobs tomorrow. A high quality workforce empowers Pennsylvania to compete nationally and globally, improving the quality of life for all.