Early Childhood Education And The Academic Success Of At Risk Children

1475 Words Aug 12th, 2015 6 Pages
Early Childhood Education Makes a Difference in the Academic Success of At-Risk Children It is essential for our society to recognize the importance of early childhood education and how it affects a person’s life. Early childhood education is not “babysitting,” it is a powerful tool needed to guarantee a child’s academic success. The development acquired during a child’s preschool years set a foundation for their future. At-risk children are in jeopardy of achieving such great success due to their unstable home lives. By the time children from disadvantaged backgrounds enter kindergarten, they already lag far behind in their development and the possibility of them catching up is very slim. Providing early intervention to economically disadvantaged children will result in them being more likely to demonstrate advanced cognitive abilities, have more academic achievements and adapt to social adjustments easier as they mature into school age children, adolescents and young adults. There is an increase in the number of children entering kindergarten year after year without the sufficient cognitive, social and emotional skills needed to ensure their academic success. According to Kathryn Whitted (2001), a national survey was conducted by more than 3,000 kindergarten teachers that concluded the following statistics: 30% of the teachers surveyed found that at least half of the children in their classroom were lacking adequate academic skills and had a difficult time…

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