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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Back to School Special Edition




Fun in Preschool


As new kindergartners start to school in Connecticut; “as many as a third of the children from the state’s poorest communities will be walking into their first classroom ever.”

Imagine how frightening this would be to a child; it is not only the lack of education that they would be experiencing but its social skills as well. These children probably relate to adults more than they relate to children that they don’t know.

We need to educate our parents on the importance of at least allowing their children to attend preschool or an in-home daycare so that they can have the opportunity to get social development and exposed to some learning concepts.

Stats say that the gap of children attending preschool as widened from 2011-2012. “According to Connecticut Voices for Children (www.ctvoices.org), the percentage of kindergartners in poor communities who had attended preschool fell from 69.5 percent in the 2010-11 school year to 65.9 percent in 2011-2012. For wealthy communities the percentage rose from 94.9 percent to 97.4 percent.

Child advocates and policy makers are saying that the need for quality learning should start before preschool.  Based on research, what children learn in their early years shape the foundation of their success in elementary, middle and high school.

Although children under three years old do not need formal training, “they do need a simulating environment to support their cognitive, emotional and social development, and a good solid relationship with a caring adult who’s available on a regular basis.”

In honor of Back to School month; I would like to applaud every Early Childhood Educator, whether it is in a home-base daycare or a preschool center for all you do for children throughout the world.  You do more than you think.

Ms. Darla <3

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