80% of a child's brain development occurs before age three."
Research Tells Us The Following
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report
The first five years are the most critical in the development of a child's brain.
Achievement gaps develop well before children begin kindergarten.
High-quality pre-K programs for three- and four-year-olds can have a significant impact on all children, but especially those from low-income families.
Meaningful investments in quality early learning programs for younger children have lasting effects that can reduce costs later in life while enhancing economic growth.
A high-quality early childhood education can help break the cycle of poverty.
Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ready, Set, Go! Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education
What Parents Say About Quality of Care in Early Childhood
say has major impact on kindergarten readiness.
say has major impact on a child's long-term well-being.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Survey
Arizona Early Childhood Facts and Figures
Children ages 0-8
% of children enrolled in quality early learning settings
% of third graders reading at or above grade level
Source: Anne Fernald, Virginia Marchman and Adriana Weisleder (1) | Betty Hart and Todd Risley (2) | American Educational Research Association (3)
Investing in Early Childhood
Source: James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics and an expert in the economics of human development