The more young children can be in healthy and supportive learning environments, the more likely they will be emotionally, mentally and physically healthy and able to reach their full potential. Early childhood education interventions can improve all children’s development and act as a protective factor against the future onset of adult disease and disability. Childhood development is an important determinant of health over a person’s lifetime. Early developmental opportunities can provide a foundation for children’s academic success, health, and general well-being. Preschool-aged children experience profound biological brain development and achieve 90 percent of their adult brain volume by age 6. This physiological growth allows children to develop functional skills related to information processing, comprehension, language, emotional regulation, and motor skills. Lifelong educational attainment is one of the most important determinants of long-term health.
The American Heart Association is a strong supporter of investments in early learning as it is a powerful social determinant of health. Studies show early childhood development opportunities increase healthy outcomes and lifelong health for children, particularly those in greatest need.
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