A child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops rapidly and is most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age. Early education can play a critical role during this important developmental period.
Early learning helps improve essential skills such as listening and understanding, increased vocabulary, speaking in sentences/conversation, writing, mathematical thinking, counting and measuring, scientific thinking and inquiry, understanding of people, places and environments, early literacy and problem solving.
It has also been proved that children who are part of a high quality early learning program develop the following skill sets: healthy eating and wellness habits, fine and gross motor development, self-help/self-regulation, creative expression through the arts, planning and reflection, eagerness and curiosity for learning, persistence, social skills with peers and adults, greater identity of who they are.
There is a tremendous unmet need for high-quality early learning throughout our country. Studies prove that children who have rich early learning experiences are better prepared to excel in kindergarten and school.
Early learning is simply giving a child a wholesome learning experience through fun activities that help develop a number of skills and interests. Early learning starts at birth and continues up to the age of eight. This time period is widely considered the most crucial stage of a kid’s life.
The first two years of a child’s life are spent in creating a sense of identity, differentiating between themselves and others and understanding how to behave at home and outside. Parents are an integral part of this early learning process and can be seen as a child’s first teacher.
Between the ages of 1 month and 12 months, a child develops a means of communication and learns how to get attention and ask for food. Gross motor skills such as swaying of arms and moving of the legs including turning while sleeping are developed during this time.
The next stage of early learning focuses on learning through playing. Learning while playing primarily keeps the child engrossed while subconsciously educating the child. Learning games assist in developing the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social needs of children.
Children who participate in early learning programs develop a love for learning which in turn benefits them in the future.