Why early childhood matters

Early childhood marks one of the most important phases of any person’s life, spanning the period from birth to eight years old. “We all have a role in preparing young children for the future, as they will be our neighbors, community members, and leaders.”[1]

Communities rich in early childhood services and learning experiences show greater prosperity and social gains.

Whatever we can do to improve the overall readiness, health and well-being of all our children prior to entering school will not only improve lives but can stem the tide of growing needs and be dollars saved for many years to come.

Early childhood facts

  • 95% of brain development occurs by age 5
  • The fastest rate of brain development occurs from age 0-3
  • If babies’ bodies grew as fast as their brains, they would weigh 170 pounds at one-month of age
  • Social-emotional development begins at birth
  • Social interaction increases the speed of learning
  • ALL adults who are part of a child’s life impact his/her brain development

Most national organizations end the phase of early childhood at age eight because it reflects an important developmental milestone that corresponds to entry into the third grade. Third grade is a critical year for mastery of the basic reading skills upon which further learning will build and a reliable predictor for future education success.



Preschool and Daycare

  • Custer County Preschool, 719-783-4891; Contact
  • Robin Gaide Daycare, 719-783-9632
  • Willene Squire Daycare, 719-783-2508; Contact

Programs for children 0 – Age 8

Sangres Art Guild, Arts Encounter for Kids, 505-301-1582 or 719-783-0886; https://www.sangresartguild.org/