What is Early ACCESS?
1. Early childhood impacts later success.
A child's brain will grow the most during the first 5 years of life, reaching 90 percent of its final size. 700 new neural connections are made per second. These neural connections build a child’s brain architecture that is heavily influenced by the "serve and return" experiences they have with their primary caregivers and social environment.
2. Children’s social, emotional & physical health is essential for school readiness,academic success, and overall well-being.
When young children do not achieve the milestones linked to healthy development, they are at risk to do poorly in the early school years, putting them at increased risk for school failure, juvenile delinquency, adult mental health concerns and other problems.
3. Intervention is more effective and less costly when provided earlier rather than later in life.
High quality early intervention services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
A national study on EI services suggests most families say the journey with EI services is a positive experience.