The Benefits of Early Childhood Education
The writer of Proverbs 22:6 wrote: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”. Early Education has benefits that can follow well into adult hood. Early childhood education is the organized practice of educating those who are in early childhood. According to the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), early childhood spans the human life from birth to age eight (Early Childhood Education, para. 1).Before 1960, educating young children was primarily dealt with in the home. Today most children spend a large part of their day away from their parents. Most attend a center based program until kindergarten. Attendance at a center-based
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Early education programs have shown overall benefits to children’s behavior that continues through adulthood. The strongest effects are produced by practices that influence children’s attitudes. Studies have shown that adults that once were enrolled in early education programs are less likely to commit a crime or do drugs. Children who participated in the early education programs for 1 or 2 years had a lower rates of juvenile arrest (16.9% vs 25.1%), violent arrests (9.0% vs 15.3). According to the High/scope Perry Preschool study 55% of children that have not received early childhood education were five times more likely to be arrested compared to 36% of those that had received early educational services. Research indicates the intervention need to happen early because most youth who display delinquent behavior in early childhood are more likely to commit a crime. Children in early childhood education programs display more positive relationships with their peers than those that did not participate. Preschoolers develop a basic understanding of the consequences of their behavior and are able to display behavior accepted to the social norm.
Career success is one of the most profound benefits of early childhood education. Early education builds a better educated workforce. Children in early education