Studies have shown that a child’s earliest years of development are the most critical. Early Education takes place from birth to age 5. A child’s brain is 75 percent developed by age 5. It has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections during this time. Brain development is Activity Dependent and children who enter school with rich experiences have strengthened the development of brain connections. “85 percent of who you are–your intellect, your personality, your social skills– is developed by age 5. Shouldn’t parents and teachers invest where it makes the most difference.” (MA. Early Education For All.)
Studies have shown the immediate effects of preschool education for children during their first 5 years of life. Children are like sponges; they soak in knowledge and continue to learn on a daily basis. It is essential to instill the idea of education and learning in children from a very early age, even before they start Pre- School. This helps young minds develop an interest in learning and prepares them for formal school. It is important to introduce your children to preschool skill building and intellectual learning programs that build a solid foundation that lasts a lifetime.
A well designed Pre-School Educational program produces long-term improvement in school success; which includes higher achievement test scores, lower rates of grade retention and higher educational attainment. Research has also shown that starting early learning increases a child’s performance throughout their Elementary School years and drastically reduces high school or college dropout rate and has shown excellent adult productivity.
The idea of early education can also be introduced by reading daily. Introducing a child to reading at an early age will help prepare students for Kindergarten. Begin by identifying the letters of the alphabet. Then teach your child the sounds each letter makes. Find a book that your child is interested in and read daily. This will make Reading both fun and engaging.
Early Reading is essential for developing good readers. Research shows that starting your child reading early gives an advantage in school. Children who start reading before first grade maintain their “lead” in reading and comprehension. Early readers are also likelier to excel in other academic subjects.
Increasing public awareness concerning the importance of preschool education for children can produce substantial educational, social, economic and educational benefits! This should be the fore-front of governmental debates to ensure quality education for all children.