Research shows that a child’s brain starts developing at birth and grows most rapidly for the first five years of life. During this time, all of a child’s experiences contribute to his or her ability to learn throughout life. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children. Everyone in the community has a role in ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment–at home, at child care, at school, and in the community–that will promote their early learning. Starting early is necessary for optimally boosting both IQ and EQ (emotional, social and leadership intelligence).