Quality and the achievement gap
The first three years of life are a critical moment in the neural development of the human brain. Scientific evidence confirms that our earliest interactions, relationships and environments directly affect the formation of strong synaptic connections and core communication, analytical and behavioral skills. Unless these early experiences are cognitively stimulating, emotionally supportive and physically safe, infants and toddlers—especially those most at risk—will fall behind their more advantaged peers well before they enter kindergarten. This developmental gap widens rapidly thereafter, and is likely to persist throughout a child’s academic career and beyond.