With so many articles on Preprimary Education, we decided to do our own research and help inform our Brackitz Blog followers of the most accurate information out there. Is preprimary education necessary? Is it good? Is it bad? How young is too young to start learning? What are the advantages and disadvantages? First of all, let’s define the term. Preprimary education programs provide education for 3-5 year olds and include kindergarten, preschool, and nursery school. This study by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed the percentage of children enrolled in preprimary education programs in the United States from 1990-2013. The results of this study concluded that:
“From 1990 to 2013, the percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in preprimary programs increased from 59% to 65%, with all of the growth occurring between 1990 and 2000.”
Additionally, a recent study published by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies details the importance of child development from birth to five years of age. Their findings detail how scientific advances can be used to shape the way we think about early childhood and suggest preprimary education is vital for young children. Their key points include:
1.Early experiences affect the development of the brain and lay the foundation for intelligence, emotional health, and moral development, but the focus on the period from "zero-to-three" is too narrow.
2.Healthy early development depends on nurturing and dependable relationships.
3.How young children feel is as important as how they think, particularly with regard to school readiness.
4.And although society is changing, the needs of young children are not being met in the process.
There seems to be a consensus, and this article, The 13 Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education: A Teacher’s Perspective,”says it best: “early childhood education has a tremendous impact on life outcomes.” Now, in the year 2015, a mere 51% of 3- to 5-year-olds are enrolled in preprimary programs. Why, then, are less children enrolled if we know they benefit greatly from early childhood programs? The article details the benefits early childhood education offers young children:
2.Concept of Cooperation
3.Encouraging Holistic Development
4.Enthusiasm for Lifelong Learning
5.Convey the Value of Education Through Experience
11.Confidence and Self-Esteem
12. Exposure to Diversity
One of the reasons we love this study, provided by NAEYC, is because of the policy recommendations given at the end of the report. Not only does NAEYC suggest our society “make a major reassessment of how we address the needs of young children,”but they give us the tools to make that change. A few of the policy recommendations listed by NAEYC include “Increase the resources allocated to the emotional and social needs of young children,”“Give incentives to mental health professionals to work in early childhood settings,”and “Create more well-designed early intervention programs for children at risk.”More of their policy recommendations and research suggestions can be found here.
So do we think that preprimary education is a good thing? Absolutely. We encourage everyone ages 3-103 to build with our Brackitz construction toys.
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