An early childhood education can be key to a child’s success. Research shows that nearly 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs before the age of five and at age three problem solving and reasoning skills begin to develop. An early childhood education provides the basic skills that children build upon through adulthood. Simple skills like counting and identifying shapes, colors and letters teach children how to think and learn. These early experiences can establish either a sturdy or a fragile foundation of learning. Without an early childhood education, children are 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school.