It is often mistakenly assumed that children begin learning when they enter elementary school. In reality, more than 85% of brain development occurs by age five.
It is increasingly clear that the achievement gap begins well before entry into kindergarten. Quality early learning experiences help young children build early literacy, numeracy and social-emotional skills and provide a solid foundation to help them achieve their fullest potential.
Fairfax Futures brings together business, government, education and other community leaders to explore issues related to early childhood education and school readiness as the foundation for academic success and later workforce readiness. We hold occasional briefings on the economics of public investment in early childhood education, such as the Business Leaders Reception, which included remarks by senior leadership at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
The Leadership Forum brings together business, education and government leaders to explore issues related to early learning and school readiness. The 2015 Leadership Forum, Building 21st Century Workforce Skills: Supporting Digital Literacy, focused on digital literacy, from cradle to college to career. It was made possible through the generous support of program sponsors Boeing and Sevatec, Inc.
Past forums have focused on the economics of investing in programs for young children, the latest research on brain development and learning, and the importance of incorporating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in early childhood education programs.
"We put a premium on educational achievement here. Our economic future is very much dependent on the success of our investment in early childhood learning."
— U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, 11th District of Virginia