We’ve been taking a look at why science and nature education is so important to children, but why don’t we look at the basic premise: general early childhood education is paramount to the development of children. Check out this article. It lists 5 reasons why Early Childhood is necessary and important in our country.
- Preschool can help combat crime, teen pregnancy, and high school dropout rates.
- Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market.
- The U.S. lags behind almost every other country when it comes to preschool, including Mexico, Chile and Russia.
- Early childhood education is a bipartisan issue.
- Preschool can save families thousands of dollars in child care costs each year.
Still not convinced? What about this research from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education? Here’s a snapshot from the article.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University also put out an interesting article citing “Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development”.
What do these numbers represent?
Based on this evidence-based research, would you put your child in a high quality early childhood educational setting? What can you do in your city, county, state or country to advocate for this important piece of the educational puzzle?
Use your voice!
Don’t settle for mediocre childcare. As a parent or guardian, do your research on local childcare centers before placing your child there. Have high standards on what kind of environment you want your child to be learning in. Stay involved and ask questions about your child’s learning and care.
Head Start has some great advice on what a Parent/Family Advocate might do:
• act as mentors in the classroom
• share skills with other parents
• coordinate events for children and families
• bring out strengths in other families
• serve as cultural liaisons
• participate in parent meetings, advisory committees, Parent Committees, Policy Councils, and other governing bodies, as well as community or state coalitions
• represent children and families in the development of policy and legislation.
“Making the Vision a Reality
Early childhood programs have the potential for producing positive and lasting effects on children, but this potential will not be achieved unless more attention is paid to ensuring that all programs meet the highest standards of quality. As the number and type of early childhood programs increase, the need increases for a shared vision and agreed-upon standards of professional practice.
Making this vision of excellence a reality will require a commitment from and a partnership among the federal, state, and local governments, business and labor, private institutions, and the public. As we stand at the beginning of a new millenium, we must join forces to advocate and implement the policies at the appropriate federal, state, and local levels that will lead to excellence in early childhood education programs.”
** Taken from https://www.naeyc.org/policy/excellence **
Every child needs and deserves high quality early childhood education to ensure success of the individual and our country.