Invest in Early Childhood

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90% of the Brain is Developed by age 5

The first 5 years are the most rapid period of brain development, and sets the foundation for all future learning, health and success. For many of our children that foundation is shaky because a child doesn’t have access to high quality child care and early learning programs.
 
Childcare is the 2nd largest expense in family budgets.  For many families, preschool and quality care are simply out of reach.
Children who don’t receive a high-quality early education are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% more likely to never attend college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
 
Why is it that almost 50% of our children in Hawaii begin kindergarten with no early learning experience?
You can make a difference.