Impact on: Children & Families

The Early Childhood Advisory Council recognizes the immediate impact that stronger early childhood services will have on children and their families. That is why we are working to improve coordination and access to services, while establishing high quality standards for early learning.

Consider why early childhood matters to children & families:

Brain growth: 75% of brain growth and 85% of intellect, as well as personality and social skills develop before age five. Early learning isn’t just the key to school success; it is the building block for a lifetime of learning.

Neural connections: Every second, 700 new neural connections form in a young child’s brain. The brain is built in a bottom-up hierarchical way, where basic circuits are established first, forming the foundation for more complex circuits. Early learning strengthens this foundation – upon which all future learning, behavior and health depend.

Starting Behind: One in three children in New York begins kindergarten behind in basic skills. Nationwide, 60% of 3 to 5-year-olds do not have the basic skills expected when they enter kindergarten, such as counting to ten and recognizing letters in their name. To learn more, click here.

Achievement gap: Among three year olds, low income children typically master 500 words, while those of college - educated parents master 1,100.  High quality early childhood programs are proven to close such achievement gaps.

College ready: A child’s likelihood to attend college jumps 200% after attending a high quality early childhood program.

Work absences: The average working parent in America misses five to nine days of work per year because of child care issues. High quality early childhood programs help to mitigate excessive absence.