Early Education: Universal Preschool

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Universal Preschool Early education has broadened in the sense that, “…it’s time to shift our attention to children’s and teachers’ everyday experiences in classrooms and to put those experiences at the core of what we mean by quality in early education” (Pianta 131). When it comes to our education system, many parents must think about when to begin their child’s learning process. Some parents believe starting young is the right way to go. While others want their kids to enjoy their childhood. Well let me ask you this if given a choice to see into your child’s future, would you want to see them successful or struggling? Early education gives them the head start that they need to be the best they can be in life. Preschool is a beneficial…show more content…
One of these advantages is that children become better socialized to school life. According to Child Development and the Curriculum, “The forces of growth so prominent in infancy…the role of learning becomes more and more important as he moves from eighteen months to the age of six. In this period his accomplishments are influenced increasingly by what his environment offers” (Jersild 58). In this book, the authors discuss how during this stage in a child development he can learn independence and conformity through interaction with other adults. Interaction with other children can teach them self-assertion, how to deal with their emotions, adapting another’s behavior, and competition. Another advantage is an increased likelihood that they will perform better in grade school and high school. In a 2011 survey conducted by the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), the mean literacy and math standard scores show an increase from the beginning of the head start program and the time they exit. When it came to letter-word scores, there was an increase of 5.5 percent, spelling showed a 3.4 percent increase, and applied problems showed an increase of 2.3 percent. Children need these skills to perform their best when going forward with their educational…show more content…
Children from disadvantaged or low-income homes can benefit from preschool because it gives them a place to be productive. Many studies conclude that there are social and racial interferences with education. Everyone should have an equal opportunity when it comes to their education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “Children from a ‘literacy-rich’ home environment demonstrated higher reading knowledge and skills than other children. This relationship existed whether their families’ income was above or below the federal poverty threshold.” (5) This study proves that making education available for a child at a young age can be beneficial and preschool can help with that. Another societal benefit is that there is a correlation between preschool attendance and criminal activity in the future. According to a study conducted in the 60s on the Perry preschool, “The published findings of the follow-up to age 40 demonstrate that the Perry Preschool program had lasting favorable effects on the participants, with higher earnings, lower welfare use, and reduced criminal activity…” (Karoly 2). This study goes on to prove that children who attend preschool tend to do very well in their adult lives gaining very successful jobs and being able to provide for themselves. With these benefits, not only is there a greater possibility

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