The early formative years from birth to age five are a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop the foundational learning and social skills critical to a child’s future academic and life success. Research indicates that a child’s brain is growing most rapidly from birth to age three, with 90% of brain growth completed by age five. Getting children off to a strong start is the most strategic way to close the achievement gap and is far more cost-effective than remediation in later years.
Collaborative Action Projects:
- Increase health services to Pre-K students in pilot schools
- Convene an ongoing Faith Leaders’ Summit on Children and Families to raise awareness about early brain growth and language development during a child’s first three years and implement action plans to close the “word gap” and prepare children for school
- Develop and distribute posters and rack cards promoting “Read, Talk, Sing”
- Conduct Family Engagement Night training for faith leaders and community partners
- Engage the business community to leverage Louisiana’s School Readiness Tax Credit for local investment in early childhood education
Region 8 Early Childhood Centers Map
The Economist/The 30 Million Word Gap
Meet Baby Ella Video for parents:
Thirty Million Words: Meet Shurand:
Smart Baby Poster
Please Contact Step Forward if you would like a Smart Baby Poster or Rack Card. You can also click on the picture to find a printable PDF version.