Neuroscience has fundamentally changed the way we understand human development.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
– Frederick Douglass
By the age of 2 years (1,000 days from conception), a child’s brain has two times the number of neural connections it will have in adulthood.
The 2-year old brain is like a neurological super-sponge!
Healthy brain development is determined by a child’s early life experiences, including a healthy pregnancy, safe and nurturing care, nutrition, language stimulation, play and lots and lots of engaging interactions.
Enabling positive brain development right from the start of a child’s life produces better health, education and social outcomes across the lifespan.
700 new neural connections are formed every second during a child’s 1st 1,000 days of life
By age 2, a child’s brain has 2 times the neurons it will have as an adult
The ROI from investing early is between 7% and 13%
A child’s abilities and behavior at age 3 are predictors of educational, health, occupational and social outcomes at age 30
Most young children in developing countries do not have access to quality early childhood care and education services during their critical first few years of life. This means that their foundations for early education have not been established.
These children begin their formal schooling at a disadvantage. The achievement gap between them and their better off peers widens over time, showing that learning curves are already established by the time children get to school.
For a country’s positive socio-economic growth, all children must be equipped to learn by the time they start school. This means taking an innovative approach to creating effective ecosystems and targeted initiatives for high quality early childhood care and education services.