According to the Department of Health and Human Services: The early years of a child’s life are crucial for cognitive, social and emotional development, therefore it is important that every step is necessary to ensure that children grow up in environments where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.
Many advocates of pre-school state that sending your child to an early education program, such as pre-school, can help with how they view and act in the social structure. The early introduction of education can influence and perhaps improve children’s cognitive and social growth.
Early education programs in Washington state, such as Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), offer free services to help children build their learning and social environment. These programs provide educational, health, nutritional and parent involvement services to low income families and children.
For example, Head Start offers children early academic enrichment in subjects such as: pre-reading, literacy, vocabulary, and pre-mathematics skills. Students, many of them 4 years old or younger, are also provided nutritious meals throughout the day. Furthermore, Head Start focuses on the well-being of the family by offering a wide array of social services, such as free health, physical and dental screenings.
A benefit to early education is giving children a chance to develop their personalities and nurture their behavioral growth, so they can become more independent.
Additionally, sending your children to these types of programs gives kindergarten teachers more leeway to teach students about school work rather than spending half the day teaching them about behavioral skills.
There is also a negative side to the field of early education programs. Some adversaries of early education programs argue that children can lose their concentration skills to focus on one activity because programs may bombard children with too many different simultaneous activities.
This type of bombardment can overwhelm the young mind because they are being read books that they may not fully comprehend or learning words that just don’t seem to make any sense to them. These frustrations can cause young children to become introverted or unfocused.
In any case, it is important to be involved with your child’s curriculum; doing so will help you create a stronger bond emotionally and academically with your child.