When all children have access to early childhood education, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Education is a key condition for communities to experience growth and stability.
Early childhood experiences have a profound impact on brain development—affecting learning, health, behavior and ultimately, income. Children who receive early learning in their formative, pre-primary years gain social and emotional competence, and improved health generally. They also have higher school completion rates and higher incomes, and females are more likely to participate in the labour force. Globally, children who receive this type of education are more likely to send their own children to school, empowering them to create a generation of change and interrupting cycles of poverty.
Going to school teaches students socialization, communication and community building skills which they carry into their families and their futures. Girls who go to school are less likely to marry early or against their will. Education empowers women to make life choices and strengthens girls’ beliefs in their ability to achieve goals.
Early childhood education paves the pathway to a brighter future:
Higher intelligence scores
Higher school enrollment and completion rates
Improved nutrition and health
Improved social and emotional behavior
Helps close the gender inequality gap
Children who receive an early start at their education benefit developmentally in every way possible. It is one of the most powerful ways we can help break cycles of poverty in developing countries.