Brain Awareness Week: The Importance of Early Development


Children are born with a brain that is ready to learn. It’s true, 85 percent of their intellect, personality, and skills are developed within the first five years of a their life; growing more rapidly during that time than in any other period. As you can see, those first five years are crucial to setting the stage for learning for the rest of their lives!

young girl on the computerIn honor of Brain Awareness Week, we want to highlight some interesting facts surrounding the brain and early learning–to further support the importance of development during those early years.

Development in the early years is vital to lifelong learning. That’s why Waterford is committed to the academic success of every child.


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