Why Quality Matters

Teachers, caregivers, and directors in child care and preschool programs work hard every day to help children learn, grow, and thrive. It’s critically important work: 90% of a child’s brain development happens by age 5 and the relationships young children have with their teachers and caregivers shape their learning. The experiences children have in their first years profoundly shape their ability to succeed in school and life. When young children receive high quality early learning they are better prepared for school and life at large.

High quality early care and education matters for all of us:

  • Children who attend quality early education programs earn up to $2,000 more a month later in life
  • Children who attend preschool are less likely to repeat grades, need special education, or get in trouble with the law.
  • Children from low-income families who attend preschool are 4.6 times more likely to get a college degree.