This is so true! The first five years of life are crucial to how one will think, react, and adapt over the course of a lifetime. Do you wonder just how important those first years are? Keep this in mind; First Five California states that, “By the age of 5, your child’s brain will have grown to 90% of its adult size. But even earlier than that, by age 3, it’s already reached 82% of its size. This proves that the earliest days, months and years of your child’s life matter so much when it comes to early experiences that shape brain growth and development.” This shows that what people have known for centuries, that small children need to be talked to, looked after, and played with, is scientifically proven to be necessary and beneficial. Moreover, First 5 also says, “Talking, reading and singing set your child up for a significantly more successful future. Your child’s increased vocabulary means he or she will be less likely to drop out of school later, and that equates to earning $1 million more dollars in lifetime income.”
The sad part? Safehorizon states that it is these youngest children who are most vulnerable to abuse and neglect. The website says that, “The youngest children are the most vulnerable to maltreatment. Over 25% of abused children are under the age of three while over 45% of abused children are under the age of five.” It goes on to elaborate, “Of the number of children who died because of abuse or neglect…70.3% were younger than three years of age and 44.4% were younger than one year of age.”
If you would like to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child or would like to donate to an organization that does visit the Boone County CASA official webpage by clicking here.