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90% of brain development happens by age 5.

Why does early brain development matter to Muncie? 

Muncie, Indiana is facing big problems. Once renowned as a thriving center of industrial activity, Muncie now struggles with low educational achievement, poor health, poverty, unemployment and crime.  The good news is that many top researchers and economists have found the best solution to address these issues - high-quality and accessible early childhood development programs for children from birth to age five. Quality investments in development programs that address a child’s cognitive, social, emotional and language skills during this crucial time of development have been shown to have the greatest potential in breaking the cycle of poverty, protecting children from developmental setbacks, improving the health and well-being within the community and furthering business and economic development. A city-wide investment in our youngest citizens is needed to ensure the sustainability of Muncie and Delaware County. 

What to do with your child by age 5.

Bringing ECE Awareness to Our Community

We are a non-profit, made up of community professionals and volunteers, dedicated to improving awareness of the importance of early childhood. Our action-oriented initiatives span the issues of early literacy, public health, improving provider networks, among other things, but they all have one aspect in common: transforming our community by connecting Kindergarten readiness to economic success. 


Learn More About BY5 Goals 

Check out our About page to learn more about our organization as a whole. You can also read up on our current initiatives, learn how to help the young children in your life reach their developmental potential or simply start a conversation with us.