Research has proven that the first five years play an enormous role in a child's ongoing development and future success.
- 85% of a child's core brain structure is formed by age five which means that a child's experiences during the first five years of life can greatly impact the brain's ability to develop.
- As much as half of school failure may be attributed to gaps in early learning and development that exist before school entry.
- A child learns the meanings of about 1000 words a year from birth to the start of school.
- Children's academic successes at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3.
- Vocabulary at age 3 predicts first-grade reading success; the first-grade vocabulary predicts eleventh-grade reading level.