Early experiences affect whether a child’s brain will build itself properly. In fact, 90% of brain development occurs as early as age 5. (1) Children who experience adversity, such as poverty, in their first years of life risk lifelong struggles with learning, behavior and physical and mental health. (2) But high-quality pre-K programs can alleviate those issues. Learning through play and developing stable relationships help young children build social and emotional skills that have positive effects throughout life.
- Early childhood is a unique and critical stage of development.
- A child’s first five years are the most critical period for learning and growth. What happens during this time is directly related to long-term cognitive, emotional, and social outcomes through adulthood. (3) (4)
- Young children require stable, interactive relationships for healthy brain development to take place. (5)