Early childhood is an amazing, fascinating, almost magical time. Every new experience, every new word, every new observance is soaked up like a sponge.
Which is why quality early childhood programs, exactly like those found at The Day Nursery, are so essential for the good of the child, the family, the community, and the greater society.
In this blog I’m going to list what I see as the top ten reasons for early childhood education. They are not listed in order of importance as they all contribute to a well-rounded child – and eventually adult. In blogs over the next few months, I will address each of these reasons and why they are so important and how The Day Nursery works to excel in each.
So, here we go! Top 10 reasons for early childhood education at The Day Nursery.
9. Parental Support/Community
7. Assessment and early intervention
6. Confidence and self-esteem
5. Teamwork and cooperation
4. Verbal Literacy
3. Number Literacy
2. Understanding the value of education through experience
1. Gaining a life-long enthusiasm and joy for learning and discovery
The High Scope Perry Preschool Study was a long-range (40 year) study of the effects of preschool on children. There are many statistics touting the benefits as a result of this study, but one that many people have not heard is the effect on IQ. This study indicated 67% of the children who participated in the study’s preschool program had attained an IQ of 99 or better by age 5. In contrast, only 28% of those children in the study who did not participate in the study’s preschool program tested with an IQ of 99 or above.
Just think about the lifelong implications in that! – and the impact on society.
Study after study indicates the value of quality early childhood education for all children but especially for those who come from low-income families whose limited resources do not allow them to expose their children to the same experiences as those from more affluent families.
The Day Nursery has always welcomed families from all socio-economic backgrounds. Government funding has declined significantly despite the overwhelming evidence of the value of quality early childhood education.
Please consider making a gift today so that The Day Nursery can continue to unlock the potential for every child who comes through our doors. A gift of any size will have an impact! Just go to our website and click on donation.
Cari Christoff, Executive Director