As we ring in the new year, the Pine River-Backus Early Childhood program has exciting new programming to offer PR-B families. This fall our school was awarded an Early Learning Pathways II Scholarship, which was allocated by the Minnesota Department of Education with money appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature. This money was awarded to eligible early childhood programs that are Four-Star Parent Aware rated programs.
Another school year has begun and our youngest learners are busy doing their work: playing, exploring and growing. It is exciting to see all the learning that is taking place in the new Early Childhood classrooms. Research in the past decade has shown that up to 85 percent of brain growth occurs before age 5. During this critical window of opportunity, connections are formed in the brain that allow for a child to develop social and cognitive skills that are key to success in all facets of life, including school.