Business Alliance for Early Learning
Career and college readiness efforts frequently focus on ensuring high school students have the skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education or job training. However, the foundation of many skills needed for 21st-century jobs is established in the earliest years.
Early childhood education, particularly between ages 0-8, is essential for a child’s development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Preparing our youngest students to learn provides a foundation for future success and helps them develop important skills such as self-discipline, persistence and cooperation–skills that are essential to their future success and a quality workforce.
- Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is three.
- Participants in early childhood learning programs are 80 percent more likely to attend college.
- High quality early childhood education programs increase employability by 23 percent.
- Adults who attended early childhood programs earn 33 percent higher average salaries.
Florida’s global competitiveness depends on a quality education system, and for us, this commitment must begin early. Investing in high quality early learning can result in significant benefits.
Children Educated in Their First Years Are:
- 50 percent less likely to need special education,
- 70 percent less likely to be arrested for a violent crime, and
- 50 percent less likely to become teen parents.
The Florida Chamber Foundation encourages business leaders like you to join our Business Alliance for Early Learning. Businesses from around the state will tackle a number of issues impacting children ages 0-8. Join us as we engage businesses, families and community leaders in securing Florida’s future through quality early education.
Fast Facts on Child Language and Literacy Development Include Information on:
- Brain Development
- Language and Early Literacy Development
- Book Access for Children
These Fast Facts were developed by Laura Bailet, Operational Vice President, Nemours BrightStart!; Brittany Birken, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Florida Children’s Council and Dave Lawrence Jr., Children’s Movement of Florida.
In the News
- Universal Pre-K Improves Kids’ Health in a Hidden, Powerful Way, According to a New Study
Business Insider, by Rafi Letzter
- High Quality Early Education Linked to Stable Employment, Better Long-term Ties with Parents
PsycheCentral, by Traci Pedersen
- When Does the Racial Achievement Gap First Appear
- One Year of High Quality Early Education Impacts Low-Income Babies, Toddlers
Society for Research in Child Development
- State Pre-K Funding 2016-17 Fiscal Year: Trends and Opportunities
Education Commission of the States
- Early Literacy is Key to Reaching College Goals
Jacksonville Times Union, By Susan Main, President/CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Duval
- Univ. of Chicago Pilots Local Early Learning Project
Pensacola News Journal, By Joseph Baucum
- Early Learning Centers Are New Schools for Duval’s Youngest Learners
The Florida Times Union, By Denise Smith Amos
- Economist James J. Heckman: Early Education Packs a High Return on Investment
Committee for Economic Development
- Five Numbers to Remember about Early Childhood Development
Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University