Source: Dividends of a Great Start: Regional Economic Impacts of Conditions Affecting Children Birth to Five Years. The study was commissioned by the Great Start Traverse Bay/Manistee Collaborative using a grant from Michigan’s Early Childhood Investment Corporation.
The early years from birth to five is a critical time in the life of a child. The brain has the capacity to form more new neurological connections at this time than at any other phase of development. Studies prove that 90% of the brain’s architecture is built and most of the foundation for language, social behavior, problem solving ability and emotional health is created in the first five years.