Early learning combined with high-quality childcare can significantly improve academic success and development in young children. To promote early learning among kids, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) organizes week-long celebrations in April every year. Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a national celebration focused on promoting education for young kids and their families. It gives an opportunity to community organizers, early childhood programs, and state and local affiliates to host activities and events for early learners, families, and teachers. Tree House Academy will be marking this special occasion with daily fun activities from April 16th – 20th.
The importance of early care and education for your kid
About 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of their life. With early education, kids can explore new learning opportunities and develop their skills in that critical window of time. Research has also shown that kids who are a part of quality preschool programs arrive at school with more refined cognitive, social, and emotional skills that they require to engage in learning.
Some of the many benefits of early education include:
- Complete holistic development – Early childhood education builds a strong foundation for a child’s physical, social, mental, and emotional development, which also prepares them for their entire life. The teachers are trained in identifying areas where a kid might need support, and developing programs and activities to help them out.
- Socialize – It’s important to introduce kids to other kids their own age and support their transition through preschools so that they can create their own friendship groups. The earlier parents are able to do this, the better chances there are of kids gaining confidence and overcoming shyness. If parents wait too long to socialize their kids, it may hinder the kids’ social development.
- Teamwork – Since many preschool activities are focused on teamwork, it helps kids learn how to work with others in a team at a very early age which in turn develops their social skills. Working in a team also teaches kids to understand and respect others’ opinions.
- Self-esteem and confidence – For a child, early education encourages them to explore their skills, talents, and interests. When kids have positive interactions with their teachers and other kids, it promotes a more secure and healthy view of themselves, which allows kids to approach every situation with more confidence.
Are you excited to participate in the Week of the Young Child (WOYC)?