Why is Early Childhood Education Important?
Early childhood education is learning that happens from birth until beginning kindergarten. These first five years of life are filled with new experiences. All these experiences help to develop interests, vocabulary, relationships, problem solving skills, self-help skills and so much more.
Build Relationships Through Early Childhood Education Programs
Early childhood educators work to build relationships with students one-on-one. They learn a lot about what interests the child has, how they best learn, and trust. By knowing a child and his/ her interests, you have a connection to help create experiences across the areas of language, math, science, and social studies!
Involving parents in learning experiences creates a positive relationship between teachers, students, and parents. This team approach will benefit the student’s entire education experience.
Early Childhood Education Impacts Future Education
When children can attend early childhood education, they have a more positive learning experience altogether. Early childhood education develops children into strong learners, increases the chance of graduating high school, earning a higher income, commit fewer crimes, and have fewer teen pregnancies.
Early Childhood and Brain Development
Children begin learning as infants, which means that much of the brain development happens before getting to kindergarten. Children should be read and sung to, and should participate in counting, singing, exploring reading, and writing, and experiencing through everyday living. When spoken to directly, children’s vocabulary can increase by 30 million words! When there is a vocabulary gap, this impacts the learning process. By attending early childhood education, the word-gap can be narrowed through specific and intentional intervention experiences. The interventions can facilitate an enriching experience that significantly increase the number of words that a child speaks and comprehends but also exposes them to a variety of topics that may not have been, or are not necessarily, used in the home.
Early Childhood Education and Economic Impacts
When children attend early childhood education, their chances or keeping a steady job and owning property increase. While those benefits are for the future, the benefit of attending preschool impact the parents’ ability to work more hours now. The reliability of the schedule that an early childhood center maintains also allows the parents to stay at work and not have to work from home, call in sick, or find less dependable options to keep preschool and younger aged children. These economic impacts can amount to as much as 57 billion dollars a year in the United States, meaning that early childhood learning, and educators play an essential role in building and supporting communities.
Stepping Stones Early Childhood Education Center
Stepping Stones Child Care has carefully selected teachers who are highly motivated and dedicated early childhood professionals. Each teacher is trained in principles of child development, early childhood programs, and child guidance. We are committed to supporting our teachers and recognize them as vital components of a successful program for our children. We value each teacher’s life experience and want to empower him or her as individuals just as we empower your child!