It might come as a surprise, but 90% of a person’s brain development occurs before age 5. That means by the time a child enters kindergarten, all the brain connections they’ll ever have for skills like problem-solving, communication and motivation are already formed — and much harder to change later in life. (Source: Neuropsychology Review)
Children who are ready for kindergarten (based on tests taken at the beginning of the school year) are more likely to graduate from high school, earn higher incomes, be healthier adults and stay out of the criminal justice system. Imagine Hillsborough County’s potential if all our children started on this trajectory!
But today, only half of the children in Hillsborough County (52%) are ready for kindergarten.
If we want to ensure a thriving local community and economy, we can and must do better.
helps us provide one pre-kindergarten student with an age appropriate backpack and classroom materials.
helps us provide a children’s book library to one classroom.
helps us provide compensation to an early education teacher who attends training during their personal time.
helps us provide access to free library book stands to families in Hillsborough County.
The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County is funded in part by the state of Florida’s Division of Early Learning.
100% of this contribution made goes directly to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (#CH43030).
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