The Importance of Early Childhood Education and What it looks Like in America

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“At what age should I enroll my children in school? Why are we pushing our children at such an early age? I just want my children to be children. Will Pre-K really prepare them for Kindergarten?” These are all questions that parents ask themselves as their children start approaching school age. Parents have to face the decision about whether or not to send their children to pre-k before kindergarten, or if they will just send them to kindergarten. Some parents do not realize just how important early childhood education is.
Early Childhood Education begins at birth. The first stage, birth to age three, focuses on skill development, which includes tasks such as sitting, walking, feeding themselves, toilet training, and enough hand-eye coordination to throw a ball. The next stage is age three to five. At this stage, students begin to develop fine motor skills, such as having control of pencils, crayons, and scissors. They also develop gross motor skills such as skipping and balancing. At this age, a student can begin preschool. The next stage is age five to eight. At this stage, body proportions and motor skills become more refined. At this age, a child is in kindergarten – second grade.
In America, when a child turns three, parents have to start making decisions about preschool. If a parent decides to send their three-year old to preschool, they have several options. The first option is Head Start. Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children age birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. The second option is a church or privately run preschool where parents have to pay each month. Most three-year old preschools fo...

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Encourage your parents to invest in their child’s early education. At this age, children’s minds are like sponges; they soak up everything and can learn a lot. Let them be children. Promote learning through playing with the use of centers. Give your students the opportunity to succeed when they start school. Nothing is worse than a frustrated child that does not have the foundational skills needed to succeed.

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