“It’s just daycare, right?” As a Director of an Early Childhood Center, I can’t tell you how much I hate it when people say that. Early Childhood Education is a child’s first educational experience and their first opportunity to learn and grow. This is the critical time in a child’s life when they either develop a love of learning or not. How do we make a child love learning? We teach them through play! They think learning is awesome because they get to play but in reality, they are learning so much! What they learn in their first few years of life will set them up for the rest of their lives.
What do they learn? They learn how to be independent, to explore, to inquire and to wonder. They learn how to come up with new ideas and test those ideas out. Yes, we teach them how to count and know the alphabet but much more than that we teach them how think critically and be independent.
Early Childhood Education is the first step to helping your child succeed. Children who attend Early Childhood programs overall do much better later on when they enter a more structured school. Simply put, they get a head start. This is why numerous States spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer’s dollars to provide Early Childhood Education to the children in their community. In NYC, children starting at the age of three can attend school for free.
If you are wondering what to do if you can’t afford preschool and your state doesn’t provide it? Digital Preschool offers online Early Childhood programs for children ages two to five as well as for parents to learn the skills to teach their child themselves. Check out our programs and resources.
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Suzy has been working in Early Childhood/Elementary Education for the last 12 years. She has worked both as a teacher and as a preschool administrator. She has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade and third Grade. Most recently, she has been working as an administrator of an Early Childhood Center in NYC. She has spent years studying the meaning of quality education and how to provide that for young children.