Based on Joanne Goldblum, birth to 3 years old is the peak age for brain development and learning. The first 3 years are the most crucial time for developing critical brain functions such as hearing, language and cognition.
Goldblum stated that " kids need rich and safe environments. That means homes where parents can meet their family’s basic needs and where their own social and emotional well-being is nurtured. It also means the chance to participate in high-quality early childhood development and learning programs."
But some children are unable to do this, because their parents can not afford diapers which most preschools require. Early Head-start programs are mandated to provide diapers, but sometimes these programs can not be funded.
I though this article was important because it discussed the challenges that keep children out of preschool causing them to start late, so they come into the preschool system already behind.
I think as teachers we need to pay special attention to these challenges by being sensitive and open. We should also educate ourselves on resources offered in our community so that children are not being left behind, for something as simple as needing diapers.
And since this stage of development is so critical, I think that it is also important that we observe our students and provide assessments so if necessary, the student can be placed in an Early Intervention program.
It is also important as educators to be non-judgmental so that parents feel safe in our programs as well as their children. Even if we learn about resources in our community, we can not share them with our parents if they don't feel safe talking to us about their situations.