When it comes to your child’s education, only the best will do. Providing a quality education for your child is one of your most important parental responsibilities. The public school system in the United States is great, and there are many hardworking teachers and educators in these schools that will do the best for your child. But what if you want to give your child a head start on education to fill the gaps between infancy and kindergarten? Early childhood education programs are the best way to do that. Let’s take a look at the benefits of early childhood education.
What is Early Childhood Education?
Let’s get acquainted with what early childhood education actually is. Simply put, Early childhood education is a set of programs that focus on developing the child’s intellectual and social skills. From an academic perspective, early childhood education is a set of theories about how and when children should learn. More practically, early childhood education includes programs like preschool and kindergarten.
Benefits of Early Childhood Education
The benefits of early childhood education programs have been shown in study after study for many years. These benefits are perhaps one of the most solidly proven findings in educational research. In fact, if this article were to detail the entirety of the benefits of early childhood education, it would run on for so long that you would probably stop reading it. So we will keep it to a few key findings, starting with the discoveries from developmental neuroscience.
According to an article in Psycology today, brain research has revealed that the brain undergoes a crucial cognitive development period at an early age. If cognitive stimulation is lacking at this critical time, the child may experience deficits in cognitive ability that would otherwise not appear.
The article goes on to point out that studies on the effects of quality preschool education indicate that preschool education provides children with skills vital to later success. A survey of 28 year olds who had received a preschool education revealed that they had better paying jobs and life security than those 28 year olds who did not attend preschool.
More in depth studies have recorded additional long term benefits. A famous long term of study of the impacts of preschool and early education programs, called the High/Scope Perry Preschool study, found that preschool attendees have fewer behavior and metal health problems, are less likely to get into trouble with the law, earn more income and have high school and college higher graduation rates.