What is Five Before Five?

Did you know? Over 90% of brain growth occurs before kindergarten?

It’s critical to engage interactively with our children while their brains are young and flexible! During your child’s earliest years, their brain makes over 1 million neural connections every single second on average. That’s a lot of brain-building!

That’s why we created 5 Before 5, a collaborative effort to help Utah families Love, Talk, Read, Count, and Play more with their kids before they turn 5 years old.

This effort is driven by early learning experts around Utah, with special support from KSL, United Way, Help Me Grow Utah, Envision Utah, and many other amazing partners.

We’re all committed to the future of Utah’s greatest resource—our kids!

The people behind 5B45

  • KSL

    The creators behind 5 Before 5, KSL is thrilled to build families and communities by sharing how families can learn how to Love, Talk, Read, Count, and Play more with their young kids!

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  • United Way

    United Way of Salt Lake is proud to work with 5 before 5, and committed to bringing equity to every Utah child—every step of the way.

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  • Envision Utah

    Envision Utah’s Early Learning Project is dedicated to helping families build young brains across the state and is proud to collaborate with 5 Before 5, because How We Grow Matters.

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  • Help Me Grow Utah

    Help Me Grow Utah is excited to help share knowledge and resources Utah families need to make a difference in the lives of children.

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  • Promise Partnership

    The Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) works with 5 Before 5 to help transform the educational environment for Utah kids.


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  • Vroom®

    5 Before 5 is powered by Vroom Tips™ designed to help parents in Utah turn any moment into a brain-building moment. You have what it takes to be a great brain-builder!

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  • USBE

    The Utah State Board of Education supports the work of 5B45, as well as educators, parents, and students across Utah public schools and communities in its efforts to improve educational outcomes.

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The Science behind 5B45

  • Center on the Developing Child

    The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is a multidisciplinary team committed to driving science-based innovation in policy and practice.

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  • Mind in the Making

    Mind in the Making’s Essential Life Skills help adults understand and encourage important executive function-based skills children need to thrive.

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  • The Boston Basics

    The Boston Basics Campaign is a coalition of organizations and individuals in Boston working to make sure that every child gets a great start in life.

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  • I-LABS

    The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning, with a special emphasis on early learning and brain development.

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  • The TMW Center

    The TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago develops and scales interventions that place parents and caregivers at the center of their children’s education.

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