Early childhood education refers to the education of children from birth up the age of eight. High-quality early education provides young children with a solid foundation and environment that enables them to develop the cognitive, social, and emotional skills and experiences needed for healthy development and academic success. Research finds that a solid early childhood education has several long-term benefits throughout school and beyond – including greater educational attainment and life success – especially for English language learners and children from low-income households. The care and support that children receive in the initial years of their lives can make a huge difference in their lives and the lives of their caregivers.
To ensure that all children can realize the gains that come from receiving a high-quality early childhood education, institutions need to develop strategies to create an effective early education system.
Some high-impact strategies that can help build a strong and cost-effective early childhood education system include:
One critical success factor for a holistic early childhood education program is the development of an effective curriculum that provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning abilities and a philosophy that helps teachers build on students’ prior learning and experiences. At Edvantic, we recognize that a high-quality early education curriculum needs to:
Edvantic offers leading accreditation programs for early childhood education and has partnered with state and local agencies to help develop early education systems. We understand the operational, policy, and technology fundamentals of early childhood education programs such as childcare, pre-kindergarten, Head Start, early intervention, maternal and infant health, and more importantly, how each of these services need to come together to form an integrated system that ensures that children receive the highest standard of care and development in their early years.