The Case for EQ Training from 0 to 5 - Including At Home and in a Major Expansion of Pre-Schools

Did you know that birth to five are the most promising learning years in a person’s life?

That those children have the capacity to absorb information beyond many of their later years, and that 85% of a child’s brain is developed by age 5. 

Also, there’s research showing that children who experience a quality pre-school education that includes emotional and social intelligence learning, have a far higher rate of life success and satisfaction than a similar control group, no matter their economic status or ethnicity. 

We’ve had great achievements in technology over the last decades. A different – and sorely needed – non-tech Greater Achievement would see America provide EQ learning in schools for all children, including by greatly expanding the number of pre-school early learning centers whose curriculum includes what educators call social-emotional learning.

Such schools prepare kids for life lived from their best selves — who then go on to elevate the quality of life for others. It’s not babysitting.   

examples of emotional intelligence

Envision an America where ALL children:

  • Outperform academically.
  • Get along with and care for each other.
  • Have confidence and make good decisions.
  • And transcend toxic behaviors and negativity.

Research tells us early education and guidance for parents in home EQ education produces:

  • Higher rates of economic growth and personal earnings.
  • Big costs savings on remedial education and for societal ills.
  • Improved health and lower medical costs.
  • And compassionate, innovative, clear thinking adults with powerful relationship skills. 

If all this is true, why isn’t early education available to every child, and EQ at home training available to parents if they desire? 

It’s because collectively we don’t know the facts shared here – and therefore haven’t yet insisted on it with schools and legislators.                

This needs to be a national priority.

So now let’s insist that All children, including the 20 million America kids under 6, deserve and need high-quality early education that includes EQ training – which should be continued in all grade schools. Only 30% of kids under 6 attend pre-school – and most schools are still not EQ-oriented even though the adoption rate in pre-schools is higher than in elementary schools. 

Parents, meanwhile, have little to no information about the potential of EQ home schooling starting at birth.

Not tapping the EQ potential of our children creates personal distress and societal problems, If we want to give children their best chance for a happy and successful life and stop generational poverty, racism, bullying and many societal ills, this is the investment we need to make.

And no need to raise taxes. Studies show that every dollar spent on EQ early learning produces an $8.60 return on investment in a combination of higher GNP and lower costs to remedy mental health issues and other societal challenges. A Columbia University study found that the training at elementary school level saved nearly $12 per student in other costs.

Not an entitlement program, it’s an investment that also creates immediate jobs in private and public early learning centers and schools. 

To us, this needs to be a national priority.

Collectively, we all need to make absolutely clear to school decision makers that ALL children  must receive this learning.  

All Our Children and their parents deserve this win. The kids, their families, our communities, and the country need it.

When we unite, we win.