Early Learning

68693032 - Children With BooksBy the time a child is five years old, 90 percent of his or her brain is fully formed. Children who have rich early learning experiences before the age of five are better prepared to thrive in kindergarten and beyond, yet the United States ranks 28th in the world in preschool enrollment. The benefits of an early childhood education are particularly powerful among children from low-income families who, on average, start Kindergarten 12 to 14 months behind their peers in prereading and language skills, evidence that the achievement gap begins as early as kindergarten. While Hispanics make up about one quarter of students in public schools, only 20 percent of Hispanic 3- to 5-year olds are enrolled in preschool programs and for those who do attend, program quality varies widely

Hispanics and Early Learning Fact Sheet [PDF, 308KB]

Early Learning and Hispanic Children Webinar Slides [PDF, 1.16MB]; Audio File [MP3, 7MB]

In commemoration of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary, the Initiative made a national call for Commitments to Action, encouraging public, private, and nonprofit investments in the creation and/or expansion of quality education programming throughout the nation service Hispanics. Access the list of organizations that made a Commitment to invest in Early Learning.