Importance of Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is for children from the ages three to eight years old. In this field there are four learning goals that early programs have for a young child.
The four learning goals are: knowledge (consists of facts, concepts, ideas, and vocabulary), skills ( small units of action that occur in short period of time), disposition ( respond to certain situations), and feelings ( emotional states) ( Katz 2003). With an successful care giving and early education, it can bring an positive outcome to a child’s life. What a child learns in their early years are things that will continue to helps them along in their future in school and in the real world. When a child is introduced to early childhood education, they can enhance many benefits from it. The benefits that a child will encounter when set into an early education program are: they are less likely to be antisocial and repeat a grade, achieve higher levels of achievement, are more likely to graduate from high school, be more prepared to enter school, and have higher IQ’s (CPPP1999). Early education can help a child show their abilities from learning to their parent and teacher which will help the parent and teacher have positive expectations for the child. In an personal interview with five year old Cochran (2003) said, “ I like showing my mom what I learn. My favorite thing that I have learned is the alphabet in sign language. I have twenty new friends.” As a child starts to grow in life, their first three years is when their brain development increases most. By the age two, the brain has grown about 75 % of it’s adults weight, and by the age five it has reached to 90% (Steinberg 1995). Interaction is a good way for a child’s brain to develop because it helps them acknowledge their environment, and with their social and cognitive development by being able to talk to adults and others.
Not only does early education bring the benefit of interaction, it also lets the child feel loved and have trust in others. If a child is encountered with early programs then they are able to meet the needs of their child stage life. If these needs are not properly met, then they may become less successful in their performance in an educational environment.
There are many types of learning opportunities that can encourage a child to learn and help to enhance their abilities. Child care centers are a great way to encourage a child to learn, and to be ready for the school atmosphere. “The Big Top Child Care Center” in Laurel, Maryland have an excellent program for children between two to nine years of age. They have an environment where teachers are well trained and are first aid and CPR certified. They enhance a child’s learning by providing them with nutrition, educational field trips, and special events. Elementary schools are the opening door for early childhood education. Children can begin...