Research indicates that 90% of a person’s intellectual, emotional and social ability is formed by the age of three, making the early years a vitally important time in a child’s life. When children begin school behind, they stay behind. High quality early learning programs can help close this gap.
We know from 40 years of research that children who receive high-quality care:
- · Demonstrate greater social skills throughout their education
- · Excel in reading and math
- · Have better school attendance records
- · Are more motivated to learn and have a high commitment to school.
- · Are more likely to graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education or training
- · Exhibit a lower rate of unemployment
- · Have the potential to have higher earnings over their lifetime.
A child’s earliest teachers must love, respect and nurture them. Selecting a provider who connects with young children emotionally is critical. It’s very important that a family selects a provider who reads to their child every day, encourages curiosity, and allows a child to explore the world around him or her.