The importance of the early years - and the kids we leave behind

Australia's most important information on early childhood development, the 2015 AEDC National Report was released on Tuesday. It reveals that around 60,000 children are developmentally vulnerable in their first year of school.  Evidence shows this early disadvantage affects children's performance throughout their schooling, and beyond.

The Australian Early Development Census measures kids' development in their first year of school across five domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based), and communication skills and general knowledge

In this article published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, my Mitchell Institute colleague Megan O'Connell and I unpack the data - what's improving, what's worsening, what's puzzling - and the centrality of high quality, early childhood education and care in unlocking every child's potential.