In the first 5 years of life, a child’s brain grows at an astounding rate determining how they think, learn and behave. These first 5 years are critical to a child’s ability to succeed in life.

Giving children access to quality preschool learning opportunities between the ages of 3 and 5 years is vital to their development.

In Sri Lanka, too many children miss out on the benefits of quality pre-school. In fact only 48.7% of 3-5 year old’s attend pre-school*

We can change this NOW.


"I call on the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that all children under five benefit from at least one year of quality pre-school, giving them the best possible chance to succeed in school and life."

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*[Household Income and Expenditure Survey, Department of Census and Statistics, 2016]


In the first years of life, neurons in our brain form new connections at the astounding rate of 700–1,000 per second – a pace never repeated again.

These connections are the building blocks of a child’s future. But if a child is poorly nourished and nurtured, if she isn’t stimulated properly and protected from violence, then her development is seriously affected, sometimes irreversibly.

A child whose brain does not develop properly may not learn as well or earn as much. Not developing to her full potential hurts both her and society.

The first 1,000 days have a significant effect on a child’s future. We have one chance to get it right

For every child, early moments matter.

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