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The investments in early childhood is crucial to the success of our
children. The research has shown us that early childhood programs
significantly increase a child's chances of steering clear of trouble
later on in life. L.E.A.R.N. To Grow U, Inc recognize that many factors impact the quality of early education programs.
Early childhood education (also early childhood learning andearly education) refers to the formal teaching of young children
by people outside the family or in settings outside the home. "Early
childhood" is usually defined as before the age of normal schooling –
five years in most nations, though the U.S. National Association for the Education of Young children defines "early childhood" as before the age of eight.
Early Childhood education often focuses on children learning through play, based on the research and philosophy of Jean Piaget.
This belief is centered on the "power of play". It has been thought
that children learn more efficiently and gain more knowledge through
play-based activities such as dramatic play, art, and social games. This
theory plays stems children's natural curiosity and tendencies to "make
believe", mixing in educational lessons.
Preschool education and kindergarten emphasize learning around the ages of 3–6 years. The terms "day care" and "child care" do not convey the educational aspects, although many childcare centers use more educational approaches.
The distinction between childcare centers and kindergartens has all but
disappeared in countries that require staff in different early
childhood facilities to have a teaching qualification.
Researchers and early childhood educators both view the parents as an integral part of the early childhood education process. Often educators refer to parents as the child's "first and best teacher".
It is very important for parents to stay engaged in their child's
learning process even if they are getting most of their education from a
daycare, day home, school etc. The knowledge learnt from a parent will
be more cherished and remembered by a child then if any other person
taught them, especially at an early age. Early childhood education is
crucial to child development and should be entered into cautiously with
someone you trust will benefit your child.
Much of the first two years of life are spent in the creation of a
child's first "sense of self"; most children are able to differentiate
between themselves and others by their second year. This is a crucial
part of the child's ability to determine how they should function in
relation to other people. Early care must emphasize links to family, home culture and home language by uniquely caring for each child.
There is a false belief that more hours
of formal education for a very young child confers greater benefits
than a balance between formal education and family time. A systematic,
international review suggests that the benefits of early childhood
education come from the experience of participation; more than 2.5 hours
a day does not greatly add to child development outcomes, especially
when it detracts from other experiences and family contact.