I’m writing in support of Let’s Grow Kids, the new public awareness campaign that launched on April 25 with a goal of raising awareness about the importance of the earliest years in the lives of our children.
With 70% of Vermont families with children under the age of six in child care, the need for high-quality programs is greater than ever before. Vermont’s early childcare system is not meeting this need, and that’s a serious problem. Childcare in Vermont is unaffordable for many, and inconsistent in quality. And yet, a quality early experience is essential to preparing a child for future success.
Eighty percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life, forming a foundation for future skill building, emotional development, and learning. The kind of relationships and learning experiences children have during this time directly affect brain development. It is in our best interest to ensure all children have quality early care and learning experiences. Without it, the cost to society is too great.
Please visit www.letsgrowkids.com to find more information and sign the pledge to help raise awareness around this important issue.