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Promise the Children: Early Childhood Education


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Promise the Children supports a national investment in high-quality childcare and early education for all children from the day they are born. Learn more about these important initiatives here.

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Promise the Children: Early Childhood Education

  1. 1. Early childhood education provides crucial stimulation and guidance during the time in which a child’s brain is forming faster than any other period of life. ECE works to challenge, stimulate and nurture the formative early years to give children every chance for healthy development. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  2. 2. Did you know? Starting at birth a baby’s brain develops rapidly, producing more than one million neural connections each second. A baby is influenced by loving relationships, positive experiences, and a calm environment. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  3. 3. Why is early childhood education important? Kindergarten marks the start of a child's formal education. A child's first school experiences can influence the way he or she relates to others for the rest of life. Success or failure at this stage can affect a child's well-being and self-esteem. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  4. 4. ECE lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning and can have a cascading, positive influence throughout a child’s lifetime. It helps prepare children to reach the appropriate academic level by third grade. Students who fall behind by third grade are more likely to drop out before graduation. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  5. 5. From infancy to kindergarten, children undergo an unimaginable amount of development. By the time they’ve walked through the doors of kindergarten, their brain has developed 90 percent of its capacity. And early childhood education is a significant contributor to that. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  6. 6. Resources invested in childhood development and education vary enormously across income classes. Gaps in resource investment lead to gaps in school readiness that persist over students’ lifetimes. These gaps can then translate into large divides in later life success. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  7. 7. ECE can be especially beneficial for children from low-income families. ECE can be particularly powerful for child development, helping to even the playing field and ensure all children have the chance to build the skills they need to succeed in school and life. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  8. 8. What is Early Head Start? Early Head Start is designed to provide high- quality child and family development services to low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  9. 9. Early Head Start was created by Congress in 1994 in response to the understanding that programs that enroll families during pregnancy, or in children’s formative early years, have the greatest potential to make a lifelong impact on children’s development. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  10. 10. What to Know About Early Childhood Home Visiting: Early childhood home visiting is a type of family support targeted to expectant parents and parents of children birth to age 5. Trained home visitors provide services and support for parents and their children in their homes. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  11. 11. Evidence shows that home visiting programs benefit children and families. These models have shown positive impacts on children in the long term, via increased school readiness, reduced child maltreatment, and reduced lifetime arrests and convictions. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  12. 12. Child Care and Development Block Grant: Where Are We Now? In March 2018, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) received the largest increase in its history—$2.37 billion for Fiscal Year 2018! # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  13. 13. Early childhood education goes far beyond finger painting and story time. This critical component of childhood sets the stage for an entire lifetime, and early childhood educators lay the foundation for young minds to grow and thrive. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  14. 14. Today's system of early education and childcare has become wholly insufficient to address the realities of family economics. Child care affordability is not just a problem for low-income families, and policy should adapt to these widespread challenges. # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE
  15. 15. It’s time for an ambitious national investment in America’s children. Investments in early childhood care and education would have enormous benefits for children, families, society, and the economy. If you agree, contact your legislators today and ask for their support! # P R O M I S E C H A T # E C E #WORLDDAYOFSOCIALJUSTICE