Early Childhood Education: A Case Study

Early Childhood Education: Kindergarten Early childhood education provides young children with the needed skills which he or she will use in first grade and forward. Preparing a child for school start from the moment the child is thought of. “The trajectory to school success starts as soon as children are conceived, and are influenced by genetics and environment” (Vitaro, 2014). How a child behaves and gains knowledge is based on the environment in which the child lives. “By preschool, we can predict which children will have behavior and learning problems in elementary school, based on their individual characteristics, their parents and the family dynamic” (Vitaro, 2014). Children can undergo academic problems based on different social, emotional, …show more content…
“The department works to prepare young children for lifelong learning by offering various initiatives at the preschool level” (Building a Foundation for Academic Success, n.d.). The main focus of this project is kindergarten, but without pre-kindergarten students do not enter kindergarten with necessary skills of those in pre-kindergarten. “The Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee act was passed in 2005; this law provided for the use of $25 million in excess lottery dollars in the 2005-06 school year to establish quality pre-kindergarten classrooms through a competitive grant process” (Voluntary Pre-K, n.d.). Tennessee does not mention kindergarten as an early childhood program, considers pre-kindergarten and head start as early childhood education programs. Tennessee believes in starting early in order to prepare children for kindergarten. “Established in 1996 with the goal of preventing or reducing emotional and behavioral problems in young children, TVC’s Early Childhood Programs have provided training and technical assistance to parents and staff associated with childcare, Head Start, pre-k programs throughout Tennessee” (Starting Early, n.d.). A program which Tennessee supports is the Voluntary Pre-K. “The Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee Initiative provides Tennessee 's four-year-old children, with the first priority to those four-year-olds who are at-risk, an opportunity to develop school readiness …show more content…
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Conclusion
Early childhood education in the state of Tennessee is said to be behind, but are doing as much as possible to get ahead. Providing families with early childhood education programs, like pre-kindergarten and head start, allows children to receive the necessary skills needed before entering kindergarten. Tennessee’s policy requires children to be of age five before they can enter kindergarten. Children also have to be considered eligible by passing a series of screenings. Early childhood education programs prepare children for these procedures. “The goal of the pre-K school year is to engage each child in learning through a curriculum that focuses on the needs of young children in all areas of development including language, early literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, physical development, as well as social emotional development, and healthy living” (Voluntary Pre-K: Information for Parents,

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