Did you know that a child’s brain is 90 percent developed by the time he or she is five years old?1 The most critical learning years for children occur before they enter kindergarten, which means that early childhood education can significantly impact their future development. That’s why quality educators play such a pivotal role in the foundation for children’s success in school and in life.
Here are just some of the benefits an early childhood education provides and the valuable role early educators play in inspiring young minds:
Builds Social Skills
A major part of the learning experience for preschool children is their interaction with other students. Preschool is the first time that many students socialize with children outside of their families, which can make it a difficult adjustment. With caring preschool teachers as their guide, children gain important social skills as they are introduced to the classroom environment. Kids learn to listen, share, make friends, and cooperate with their teachers and their peers. Making friends also helps children gain confidence and get over their shyness.
Helps Achieve Academic Success
Early childhood education provides a strong foundation for academic success later in life. A study from the Learning Policy Institute showed that students who attend preschool are more likely to be successful in elementary school and beyond. Also, if a child requires early intervention for cognitive or speech skills, the earlier they can get additional help, the better. Children who receive high quality early intervention will be more likely to achieve their milestones in their grade school years.
Improves Attention Spans
Thanks to patient early educators and their structured classroom activities, children learn how to listen and sit still, which helps improve their attention spans. They also learn how to follow directions and participate in group projects, which helps with concentration. Teachers continually reinforce these important skills and gently correct students who don’t follow instructions. Preschool lessons get students ready for kindergarten, which gets them ready for elementary school.
Creates a Passion for Learning
When teachers create a positive early education environment, it fuels passion for lifelong learning. From preschool, children will look forward to kindergarten and the learning that goes along with it. Students who enjoy going to school are more likely to participate and thrive in the classroom for years to come.
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