Stats & Facts
These statistics are pulled from several research projects conducted by child development specialists.
The critical learning period for the children is between the ages of 8 and 18 months. By the time children are 8 years old they are already set in molds that determine their academic futures, whether they be of success or failure.
The brain can be helped to overcome inexperience or to improve development; however, the most impressionable time for change is within the first 10 years. There is no certain way to increase children's total learning ability without comprehensive effort.
Parents' education, race, or economic status are irrelevant to a child's healthy and intellectual development. What matters most is the kinds of experiences they provide using language and vocabulary, explanations and conversations, and good role modeling.
Teachers say most children are sent to school unprepared to learn. School for many of these children is the beginning of a lifetime of failure. If preschool children are not prepared for school learning, none of our strategies for teaching them will be as effective.
The most dominant environmental factor in the life of the child is the mother. She influences her child's experiences more than any other person or circumstances.
Language spoken to the child related to her current interest or as a result of her inquiries plays a key role in language development and fluency.
*Harvard Preschool Project, Conducted by Burton L. White, Ph.D. 13 years research with 17 full-time researchers and over 100 families
*Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children By Betty Hart and Todd Risley
*Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development Families and Work Institute, New York, NY, 1997, Rima Shore
*500 Books in the Home, “Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Books and schooling in 27 Nations” Conducted by Mariah Evans of the University of Nevada, and four researchers in the U. S. and Australia, published in the journal, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2010, based on data from 73,249 people