In recent national studies, its’ been uncovered that ninety percent of a child’s brain develops before they are six years old. And, at a local educational initiative, experts are working to support preschoolers preparing for kindergarten by making sure their youngest residents start out on an even playing field. The United Way Success by 6 program conducted Kinder Camp at Ivalee Elementary school this morning. Ivalee school principal Connie Stancil says today was about creating opportunities for young children to receive high quality educational experiences before they even enter kindergarten. Success By 6 Coordinator Emily Sims says the program supports a “whole child” approach to education, focusing on both cognitive skills and the child’s social and emotional development. She says they know that a child’s ability to interact with peers and listen to direction is just as crucial to their learning trajectory as their ability to read or write. Sims says the program targets rural county schools. She says the students went through the lunchline and their classrooms. She says the parents who attended today’s event heard from community speakers who helped them discover what is needed for their home life and what is expected from them at their child’s school.