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!

The Science of Early Childhood Development

Promotes an understanding of the basic science of early childhood development and informs both public and private sector investment in young children and their families.


Inbrief - The Science of Early Childhood Development

A series of brief summaries of the scientific presentations at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy.


First Findings From the Kindergarten Data Collections of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)

Report from the National Center for Education Statistics, which offers more proof that early care and education experiences are a critical part of future school success.


Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return

Research studies showing the educational, health, and economic effects, costs and benefits, and return on investment of early childhood learning expenditures; a far greater return on public investment than found with primary, secondary or post-secondary education.


The Costs of Disinvestment: Why States Can't Afford to Cut Smart Early Childhood Programs

This report shows how quality early learning programs, such as those offered by Guilford Child Development, save money now and generate future revenue for the community.


Smart Investment: Big Returns

When at-risk children experience high quality early learning programs, they have better school, employment, and life outcomes. These results demonstrate the significant economic gains generated by investing in quality early childhood development.


Impacts of a Pre-Kindergarten Program on Children’s Mathematics, Language, Literacy, Executive Function, and Emotional Skills

High quality early childhood education equips children with the cognitive skills required for success in elementary school and beyond.