The demand for high-quality educational child care has never been higher in this country. More women are in the workforce, creating dual-income families that require both parents to juggle careers while raising small children. Layer this trend on top of an increasingly competitive global economy, and it’s easy to see why business and political leaders across the U.S. are becoming more aware of the important connection between the first five years of a child’s development and the quality of our future workforce.
They are catching up to what those in early childhood education have long understood: the vital connection between the first five years of a child’s life and that child’s future ability to succeed in school and beyond. The brains of young children develop faster than at any other time in life, and what happens in these very early years lays a critical foundation for future academic, work and life success. In 2010, McKinsey & Company conducted research on education reform and found that high-quality preschool does more for a child’s chances of success in school and life than any other education intervention.* Without access to developmentally-appropriate daily stimulation, children run the very real risk of starting elementary school behind–a position from which it is difficult to ever catch up in today’s fast-paced world.