How Early Childhood Development is Changing Lives
Decades of neuroscience and behavioral research have helped illustrate why early childhood development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society. According to Harvard University's National Scientific Council on the Developing Child: "Chronic, unrelenting stress in early childhood, caused by extreme poverty, repeated abuse, or severe maternal depression, for example, can be toxic to the developing brain. This can lead to life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health."
Many disadvantaged children in Guilford County can find themselves suffering in such adverse environments, and these scenarios can ultimately impose on them little chance of future success. They then end up becoming prone to being the next school “drop-out,” “pregnant teen,” or “juvenile offender.”
For 46 years, Guilford Child Development has understood that investing in young children and families leads to positive outcomes for school success, language and literacy development, executive function and emotional skills, as well as for future economic productivity and responsible citizenship. Each of our five distinct yet supportive programs plays a vital role in preparing at-risk children for success in school and in life. Our programs are cost-effective, and have positive impacts even well into adulthood.
Across America, millions of disadvantaged children are without the opportunity to experience a quality early learning environment. Find out here how the U.S. Department of Education is committed to changing this.
What the Research Shows
Here, you can download and view a compilation of studies about how early childhood development affects future education, physical and emotional health, happiness, and life success!