I’ve shared a few times on the blog, how critical the first five years of a child’s life are in their development. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops during this critical time, and unfortunately as I’m learning in my special ed program, is that door shuts after the age of five, and there really is not much we can do after that. If you are a stay at home parent, you probably make sure that your kiddos are being exposed to enriching activities. If you have to work outside of the home, choosing great childcare is extremely critical. But what about after?
As I’m learning in my special education specialist program, one of the most important things that a parent can do, is become involved in their child’s education. This means keeping the line of communication open with teachers and other education professionals. It also means volunteering in the classroom and making sure that your child is mastering the skills they are being exposed to.
It is imperative that children begging learning as early as possible. The earlier, the better! Study after study has proven that the earlier a child starts to learn, the better, they do down the road. I have witnessed with my own children, the importance of a great early childhood education. My son is in kindergarten and he happens to be doing better, than most of his peer. It isn’t because he is brighter than them, it just happens to be that a good chunk of my son’s classmates, did not attend preschool and that can lead to a child playing catch up for most of their elementary years.
To learn more about quality early childhood education, you can check out ReadySetGrowLA.org, and learn all about quality childcare/preschool and tips to help you make an educated decision.
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