The report, "Opportunities to Strengthen Early Childhood Services, Programs, and Systems in New Mexico" is the result of a special programmatic and fiscal analysis regarding early childhood services and systems in New Mexico. Though New Mexico is nationally recognized as a leader in efforts to improve early childhood health, development, education, and well-being, more can be done to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and overall impact of these efforts. This analysis:
85% of the human brain develops in the first five years of life.
That's a fact that cannot be ignored. Fifty years ago, we did not know that 85% of the brain develops before the fifth year of life. But now we do. Thirty years ago we had no evidence that the care we provide for our youngest children would substantially influence their success, or failure, later in life. But now we do. Twenty years ago we did not know the economic burden that every New Mexico taxpayer would bear as a result of inadequate preparation of more than a third of New Mexico's pre-school age children. But now we do. The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership was established to spread that word, inform the public and urge legislators and leaders, in both public and private sectors to make a commitment to children of today and those in the years to come. For more information go to http://www.nmecdp.org.
Recently the Committee for Economic Development (CDE) completed a video called Early Childhood in New Mexico: It's Everybody's Business. To view this video on YouTube, go to:
By linking with public/private partners and other early childhood collaborative efforts, the First Five Years Fund video "Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything" was edited to be specific for a New Mexico audience. The DVD emphasizes the importance of investing in early childhood development to positively affect the health and wellbeing of children. To view the video go tohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X2WsAZSp9A.