Education Starts at Birth

Our brains are composed of billions of brain cells and more billions of interconnections. Our neighborhoods and social conditions have a big influence on how those cells and connections develop. Baby's brains grow and form very quickly. The early months are very important in brain development. Established patterns are more difficult to influence later. Therefore early intervention is critical.

Public policies help to determine the quality of childhood experiences. Poor policies mean poor outcomes. Better policies mean better outcomes. Legislators decide whether to reduce childhood burdens or to help carry the burdens or to complain about teachers.