January 28, 2015
Early Childhood Education
Early childhood care and education play an important role in the lives of all family members. They provide children with consistent routines and unlimited learning opportunities, and provide families with the security of knowing their child is in a safe and nurturing environment. Many children are enrolled in child care settings from the time they are infants to the time they enter elementary school. During these early years, children go through critical stages of development, and consistent, high-quality care can have beneficial and long-lasting effects on the overall development of children.
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A highly qualified teacher must have at least a bachelor's degree. They must also hold a state teaching certificate. One of the most important is they must exhibit the skills required to be an effective teacher and demonstrate mastery of the content in which they are charged to teach.
Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Research shows that providing a high quality education for children before they turn five yields significant long-term benefits. Having your child attend the same child care facility throughout his or her early years allows your child to develop relationships with the adults and children in that environment providing a sense of security. A child who is comfortable with the people in his or her life is more likely to participate in learning opportunities and advanced cooperative play, such as working with others to accomplish goals and tasks, role-play and games with rules.
Consistent, high-quality child care can significantly impact a child's cognitive development. Children enrolled in a high-quality program that provides developmentally appropriate curricula from infancy through age five, enables children to develop specific cognitive skills at the appropriate age. Examples include showing interest in stories read aloud during infancy, recognizing and identifying colors in preschool, and solving simple addition and subtraction problems in prekindergarten.
One study found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who...