Early Childhood Matters…Learning Begins at Birth
The early years matter because in the first few years of life 700 new neural connections are formed every second. These connections are formed through the interaction of genes and the baby’s environment and experiences especially the interactions children have with adults. These connections build brain architecture – the foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depend. During the first 3 years of life, the brain undergoes its most dramatic development as children acquire the ability to learn, speak, think and reason. In fact, about 90% of a child’s core brain structure forms in the first 5 years of life- long before they enter kindergarten.
(Center on the Developing Child (2009). Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development (Brief). Retrieved from www.developingchild.harvard.edu)
The Elkhorn Public Schools capitalizes on this critical developmental period by investing in quality early childhood experiences. The information included on this site is intended to provide information about early childhood programs and services in Elkhorn Public Schools.