First Things First Offers Some Statistics On Education

By First Things First

Children exposed to high-quality early education are 70% less likely to commit a violent crime by age 18.

The academic skills kids develop early on will help them be more successful in school. The social skills they develop, such as perseverance, attention, motivation, and self-confidence, will make them more successful in life. That’s why everyone from CEOs to military leaders are calling for greater investments in early childhood. They know that educated, productive citizens are critical to the success of our economy and the security of our nation.

90% of a child’s brain develops before kindergarten. From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than any other time in life. And research shows that the quality of a child’s experiences in the early childhood years helps shape how their brain develops.

Positive experiences — like nurturing relationships with parents and early learning opportunities like quality child care and preschool — promote healthy brain development and learning. Early childhood is when kids begin to develop the skills they’ll need for future success in school and in life: language and literacy, problem-solving, focus and getting along with others.

Many young children in Arizona face challenges that threaten their healthy development and learning.

  • Nearly 1 out of 3 live in poverty.
  • 3 out of 4 have not received necessary developmental screenings.
  • 2 out of 3 children ages 3 and 4 don’t attend preschool.
  • Nearly 1 in 2 children under age 6 has had one or more adverse childhood experiences.

Investing in early childhood development means funding proven programs and innovative strategies for children from birth to age 5.

“As a city mayor and a business leader, I have seen firsthand how important education, workforce development, and strong, safe communities affect economic development. It does not happen without investments in early childhood. Invest now or pay later!”

Craig H. McFarland Mayor, City of Casa Grande

First Things First partners with parents and communities to help all kids start school healthy and ready to succeed. 

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