Child development is a foundation for community development and economic development, as capable children become the foundation of a prosperous and sustainable society.
The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Brains are built from the bottom up, first the simpler connections and skills are built which lay the foundation for the complex connections and skills.
The early years of life matter because early experiences affect the architecture of the maturing brain. As it emerges, the quality of that architecture establishes either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the development and behavior that follows --- and getting things right the first time is easier than trying to fix them later. When interpersonal experiences are disruptive, neglectful, abusive, unstable, or otherwise stressful, they increase the probability of poor outcomes. When a young child experiences excessive stress, chemicals are released in the brain that damage its developing architecture.
Investing in early childhood education has the highest returns on investment compared to any other developmental stage. Every dirham invested in high quality early childhood services can yield more than seven dirhams return on investment.