First Things First – Quality Early Childhood Experience Benefits

| October 18, 2015

Sam I Am
Sam Leyvas, CEO – Quality Early Childhood Experiences Benefit a Child Later in Life

For families with kids under 5 years old, early childhood is the prime time to help develop critical skills that will help them be successful in kindergarten and beyond. Here are five ways quality early childhood experiences benefit children later in life:

  1. About 90 percent of a child’s brain develops before kindergarten, and brain connections are formed based on a child’s experiences. Quality interactions with parents and caregivers help the brain develop in positive ways that promote learning.
  2. Early language development is a critical factor in a child being ready to learn to read when they arrive at school. In fact, a child’s vocabulary at age 3 and 4 correlates to her reading comprehension in grades 3 and 4.
  3. Crucial skills like motivation, self-discipline, focus and self-esteem begin to develop in the early years. These social-emotional skills are as important to a child’s future success – in school and in life – as academic skills.
  4. Regular visits with the doctor and dentist help identify potential developmental delays or health issues early on, so they don’t become learning problems later on.
  5. Children with access to high quality early learning are more prepared for kindergarten. They do better in school and are more likely to graduate and enroll in college.

READ MORE including ways families can help a child get ready for school and set for life.

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