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The Future of America in Our Hands: Fixing Early Education


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When it comes to your child, the first few years of their life are absolutely crucial to their development. The fundamentals you provide to your child in their earliest years will provide the foundation that shapes their future health, happiness, growth and overall development.

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The Future of America in Our Hands: Fixing Early Education

  1. 1. The  Future  of  America  in  Our  Hands:  Fixing  Early  Education
 The Future of America In Our Hands Fixing Early Education
  2. 2. The first few years of a child’s life is critical in the learning process. Much of their future success can be determined by what they learn in these years. Based on decades of research, this fact holds true in every case. What a child learns emotionally, socially, and mentally before they are 8 years old will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It is important to take their early education seriously.
  3. 3. • We need to understand more about early education and its impact on a child, discovering what’s wrong with our current early education system and how we can fix it.   • Some say “early” any child under the age of 8. Others say it includes only toddlers and infants. But even more say it means a child that is 3 or 4. • Early education is the time in which “the human brain undergoes rapid development,” in other words a child can build cognitive skills, develop character, grow socially and emotionally, become skilled in motor skills and problem solving. What is “Early Education”?
  4. 4. • While preschool is not governmentally funded, there are low-income families who cannot afford it leaving many children not experiencing the same kind of education as their peers. • While state-funded programs and low-income high-quality early education options are available, people don’t seem to be using them. In 2013, only 28% of American 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded preschool programs. What’s the Problem?
  5. 5. Academic failure can be tied to early education. The more children entering the school system without this benefit can lead to higher incarceration rates and poor productivity in the workforce.
  6. 6. • The National Association of Early Childhood Teachers say children who have the opportunity to get an early education succeed in their academics and excel socially later in life. Making them less likely to repeat a grade or take intensive classes and more likely to graduate high school.   • Early education benefits everyone- so why not ensure every child gets it? It can be practiced at a preschool, or at home by caregivers. However, programs like HeadStart and state and government campaigns have been geared towards the issue for low-income families. These programs exist and have been escalating in numbers, but attendance has not increased. What’s the Solution?
  7. 7. Money — economically, paying quality teachers and paying for a building and the cost of upkeep adds up. Programs with money and funding will help. Some states have done this: Oklahoma offers every 4-year- old a free year of prekindergarten. New Jersey has had Supreme Court-mandated preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds school districts which are less fortunate for decades.
  8. 8. Experts and educators are still debating the ways we can do something to help so many people at such a young age, but it is obvious that something needs to be done to improve early education. Research, government attention, and funding is what America needs to help the future of the country.
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