Seventy-five percent of brain growth and 85% of intellect, personality and social skills develop before age 5—in the first 2,000 days of life—so it is imperative that we invest in our youngest children long before they enter school. The Schuyler Center works to educate communities and elected officials about the value of access to: high quality prenatal and postpartum supports and services for families with young children, including maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting; and high-quality early care and learning. The achievement gap appears long before children reach Kindergarten. It can become evident as early as age 9 months.
- Improve child and family outcomes through prenatal and postpartum supports and services for families with young children, including maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting.
- Assure the availability of high-quality child care for low-income families.
- Improve child care quality.
- Ensure that investments in early care and learning support the early childhood workforce.
- Maintain and expand the number of children enrolled in high-quality Pre-Kindergarten