Why 1st Five?
The foundations of healthy growth and development are set in the first five years of life. During these years, children develop a foundation of skills and abilities that they will use throughout their lives. These skills include intellectual, language, and motor abilities that prepare them to be intellectually inquisitive, self-confident, think critically, and be competent in using language. Critical social and emotional skills prepare children to understand others, manage their own behaviors and emotions, form relationships with other children and adults, communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others. These skills are necessary for success in school, in the workforce, and in all aspects of life. Without the use of developmental screening tools, only 30% of children with a developmental delay, and 20% of children with mental health issues are identified prior to school age. The use of developmental screening creates an opportunity for more children to have these needs addressed prior to kindergarten entry giving them a better chance to achieve their full potential.
The 1st Five years last a lifetime!