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. Past business leaders receptions and leadership forums have included remarks from the business community, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, policymakers and early childhood educators.
"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