The research on this is pretty clear: between the ages one and five, the human brain develops faster than at any other time.
In Chemung County, a project called the School Readiness Project sends nurses to the hospital whenever a baby is born.
From day one, they offer new parents help, including home visits, and offer assistance on nutrition or with post-partum depression, whatever might come up.
And according to Ken Robin, a researcher at University at Albany, the project is proving successful. Robin analyzed the data collected once the project’s first group of kindergarteners had reached school age.