In the first three years of life, a large part of the brain's architecture is formed. As much as 90% of brain development occurs in the first three to five years.
So what happens if children don't get quality education and care during these formative years? At-risk children are:
25% are more likely to drop out of school
40% are more likely to become a teen parent
50% are more likely to be placed in special education services
60% are more likely to never attend college
70% are more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
These shocking statistics are quoted in SELF's (Support for Early Learning and Families) brochure and can be found at ounceofprevention.org
Check it out!