Cradle to Crayon Initiative

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Cradle to Crayon Initiative

Posted on Tuesday May 06, 2014 at 08:54AM

Recent research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of a child's brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child's brain architecture. With positive early development children are more likely to do well in school, have better jobs, become good parents, and develop positive social relationships and better coping and problem solving skills. Communities have a vital role to play in promoting healthy early child development. Strong communities with good programs and supports can help overcome the impact of poverty and other risk factors. The first five years of a child's life are the most critical; they are the foundation that shapes the child’s future health, growth and development. U.S. economist and Nobel Prize winner James Heckman calculates that for every dollar spent of early childhood is equivalent to three dollars on school aged children and eight dollars on young adults. St. Paul Early Child Development Community Coalition wants to bring attention to the importance of the early years in terms of child development and school readiness; from cradle to crayon. For more information visit ecmap.ca and like us on Facebook St. Paul and Area’s Cradle to Crayon Initiative.

Author: Town of St. Paul

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