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Terrie Sternberg
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Top 10 amazing things I've learned since beginning this journey with ABCs and PERC back in July, 2018:

1. The little brain in a baby is super busy! During the first 2,000 days of life, our brains develop over 1 million neural connections per second! Yep, that's right! You can find out more about that by visiting Harvard - or, wait a minute, I'll bring Harvard here.  

2. Quality early education makes a real difference in brain development of the child in our hands. Teacher-child interaction calls for intentional, well-developed teaching skills and relationship. The more professional development our early ed. teachers, the better off our children enrolled in their centers will be.  Not only do children in childcare learn cognitive skills, but they also learn (and this is important!) essential social-emotional skills!

3. What happens in brain development in the first 2,000 days of life (0-5 years) sets the course for each of us. The better the early education and childcare, the more successful a child is apt to be in all of life. Look here for "Which Path?" You might be surprised at what school readiness means for our children. 

4. If a child arrives at kindergarten unprepared, the achievement gap is virtually impossible to close. Yikes. 

5. 66% of our children under the age of 6 have both parents working. We need more quality childcare for our youngsters! Only about 10% of our Pulaski County children have access to full-day childcare. (PERC can't fix this problem, but it will strengthen our early education workforce, and perhaps draw more people into the profession and encourage them to stay with it.)

6. Along the line of #4, 27% of our PC children arrive at Kindergarten unprepared to learn. PERC is one strategy intended to help lower that number by givng the children in our early development centers the best beginnings they can have.

7. The workforce pipeline begins at birth. Yep, that's right! You can learn more about that here.  School readiness is the focus all across our commonwealth, including the Governor's Office and our Virginia Dept. of Education. You can read more about that here

8. Investing in early childhood pays! There are a few ways of measuring the return on investment, so the numbers can vary depending on what you read and where you look. But when it comes to providing high quality education to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, we can see a 13:1 ROI. Yep, that's right! You can read more about that here

I have come to realize that our early childhood teachers need to know that you and I believe in the value of their work. Their impact as teachers is critical to the health and well being of our children, our families, and our whole community. Our childcare providers are vital to our collective success, productivity, and social and economic health. They ARE professionals who deserve our deepening regard for the profession they serve! 

10. It's a blast working on PERC with great leaders and partners in the field of early childhood development. We have so many gifted people working on this in the NRV and Pulaski County, and we have a bright future as we take early education to new heights!