Virginia Promise Partnership
The Importance of Early Childhood Education
Healthy development in the first five years of life provides the building blocks essential to a child’s long-term success. Experiences and interactions during this critical time directly impact the learning, health, and behavior of individuals for the remainder of their lives.
High-quality child care programs provide environments, experiences, and relationships that promote learning and development to ensure children have a strong start. Those who participate in quality early childhood programs are more likely to finish high school, secure high-paying jobs, avoid incarceration, and lead happy, healthy lives.