It’s Always Best to Start at the Beginning

Our own Tony Accetta and Jodie Deshmukh in the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle:

President Obama’s recent State of the Union address focused the nation on the urgent need to develop solutions that address the growing achievement gap. While “pre-school for all,” the most-talked about solution, may very well be an important step in leveling the playing field for low-income students, most experts agree that we can and should begin even earlier — at birth. Research on the brain has proven that most of the brain’s development takes place during the first three years of life, when vital neural connections are made in response to a child’s environment. Infants less than 30 days old have been shown to be making rational judgments and exercising discretion in their preferences. The notion that a baby is just a baby is a disservice to the baby and is a waste of important and valuable time.

Fortunately for Coloradans, a program exists that focuses solely on the early years: Bright Beginnings.

Also mentioned is the 17th Annual Brad & Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament public fundraiser on Monday, June 03, 2013.

The Business Case for Early Childhood Education

John Pepper and James Zimmerman in a NY Times Op-Ed:

In short, early educational interventions really matter, and have long-term consequences. Children who are not proficient in reading by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than children who read at or above grade level — and 13 times more likely, if they live in poverty. A child’s brain grows to roughly 85 percent of its full capacity in the first five years of life. These are also the years when a child’s sense of what is possible is being formed.