The quality of children’s early experiences significantly predicts their success in school
and in life.
Our future viability as a society depends on the
way we care for our youngest children.
A child’s brain architecture is largely built during childhood. Investments in early childhood have tremendous long-term leveraged benefits.
Early childhood education and development have cascading beneficial effects. Research shows that readiness for Kindergarten increases the likelihood of a successful start in school, with fewer behavioral problems, more rewarding interpersonal relationships, more successful learning, less tobacco and drug use, less delinquency and truancy, less juvenile justice encounters, higher high school graduation rates, higher entrance to and completion of college, higher inventory and flexibility of job skills, better jobs, more durable family life, higher income, more upward social mobility, greater engagement in civic life, and better health and well-being.
Investing in early childhood education yields the highest return on investment of any educational program. Pay offs include: more productive citizens; better educated workers; and increased tax revenues for communities.
Early childhood experiences and learning are the pathway to a better quality of life. Improved quality of life encompasses: increased lifetime health; increased lifetime earnings; decreased unemployment and crime.
Project CLASS keys into early childhood leveraging and the way children learn.