The Universal Pre-K Initiative is a movement to allow access to preschool programs for all eligible children in any state regardless of their social economic status, abilities and any other reason. Universal Pre-K started back in 1834 in France and grew throughout other European countries. The movement started gaining momentum in the United States as societies’ view shifted from seeing children’s development as a responsibility of parents to a responsibility of society and parents. About 38 out of the 50 states have started some form of preschool programs but these are often run by various community agencies in contrast to the desired state ran preschool programs the Universal Pre-K Initiative is calling for. According to Parents.com, there are three
So how to you realize that your child is ready for preschool? You don't want to take a child to school when he/she isn't ready. This will affect their confidence since they will not be able to keep up with the rest. A child who can listen attentively, sit quietly for let's say 10minutes and one who can take care of himself or herself in the toilet is ready for school. Ensure you observe your child's developmental milestone before taking them to
Head Start programs bring and excellent pattern to close the gaps between children from social-economic differences from those of low social-economic background. Familiarizing children with academic skills in indispensable for most children, the average children needs practice to understand and apply what they learn, for this reason Head Start contributes greatly with young learners. In both articles, research has found advances in children learning, but under the national standers testing does not reveal the expected improvement.
Head Start is a federal funded program for children between ages three to five who are underprivileged and come from low income families. A child’s mind when they first go to school is rapidly developing and at school teachers are responsible for guiding their students and helping them develop throughout the school year. If a child gets a bad teacher they can’t develop like they are suppose to. For many low income families public schools are their only option and before Head Start public schools didn’t really have a good preschool option. If a child attended preschool it regularly costed money and poor, low income families couldn’t afford to send their children to a private preschool. If a child didn’t go to preschool they tend to start at a disadvantage to children who did but for poor families there weren’t any other options, until 1965.
The data for this study came from the first two years of Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K) (National Center for Educational Statistics 2001 National Center for Educational Statistics 2001b).The ECLS-K trails the educational growth of a nationwide representative cohort of children, launching with their kindergarten admission in fall of 1998.ECLS-K data was collected from numerous sources, including students, parents and school administrators. The current study included measures at the child/family, classroom, and school levels. Study considers a subset of the ECLS-K cohort, limited to white, Hispanic and black students attending public school in the South who neither changed classrooms during kindergarten nor changed schools between kindergarten and first grade. Statistical data were used throughout this study which I believe was imperative in order to have a quantitative results. The tables made it easier to understand the results. Child assessments of reading skill were piloted in the fall and spring of the kindergarten year, and in the spring of the first grade year. Assessments were scored using Item Response Theory, and they used IRT-scale scores at these three time points, with the first grade scores as their outcome measures in the multivariable analysis. Child and family variables were accounted for a set of child and family background and demographic factors that are
The Head Start program is a free preschool for low income families who are disadvantaged. The Head Start program is in question in regards to its success in preparing children for future school success. In the article titled “How should we Interpret the Evidence about Head Start?” by Janet Currie claims “It is one of the most successful known interventions for poor children”. She claims Head Start is associated with being low quality, however, there are positive results that are surprising to the skeptics. She continues to argue that Head Start is operating at a local level and are held at high standards. Janet acknowledges the children of Head Start are in difficult situations in which they are poor or they are referrals from child protective services. The positive short term effects that Head Start offers is a lasting influence on the child’s future.
Academic success is infinitely more challenging for sleep deprived teenagers. Dr. M. Safwan Badr, past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, disagreed with early start times by stating, “It makes no sense. You’re asking kids to learn math at a time their brains are not even awake” (Liz). Certain abilities, such as memory, organizational and thinking skills, are impaired with a lack of sleep. Later school start times are not only advantageous to students, later start times are also very beneficial to schools. A study of 9,000 students in eight Minnesota public high schools showed that after Minnesota pushed back their school start times by thirty minutes, grade point averages and standardized test scores improved (Brody). School attendance also increased with later start times (Boergers). Despite the benefits of having later start times for schools, many schools are resisting the change.
Being a pre-service training educator, specific goals and objectives should be set to achieve educator’s own educational philosophy. The Educational philosophy is an individual statement of educators’ guiding principles about the education-related
Successful home-school-community partnerships involve all stakeholders and give them an equal voice in the decision-making process.
The Universal Pre-K Initiative is a movement to allow access to preschool programs for all eligible children in all states, regardless of social economic status, abilities and other factors. Except for the early years of the Bush administration, support for Universal Pre-K has come entirely from Democratic policy actors. Universal Pre-K didn’t emerge again as a national issue until it became part of the Obama campaign’s platform in 2006 (Brown & Wright 2011). The impact of Universal Pre-K Initiative will have on the Early Childhood Education field is apparent. Some have argued that the state should not be providing these services and should allow existing agencies to continue operating their Pre-K programs. The impact can be viewed as either
There are a great number of studies that state that the first five years of a child’s development are the most important and that they will set the tone for the child’s ability to learn, socialize, and be a successful member of society. Because of this, proponents believe that preschool should become mandatory for all children. While this might seem like a good solution to some, preschool should not be mandatory for all children before they enter kindergarten. There are many factors to be considered in a child 's early development and to put a blanket demand on entering preschool, could be a disservice to some children based on parental influences, environmental factors, and the level of education and care being given in a particular home childcare
Head Start programs advocate for the education of children. They stress their school readiness program by claiming it enhances children 's social and cognitive development, through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. Head Start also advocates for the idea of family support. This program supports this idea by providing services for eligible adults and families including health and nutrition programs, mental health programs, parenting programs, relationship programs, and financial education programs. Head Starts also has a strong dedication in building a healthy community. They support the health and education of families and children of their communities through comprehensive programs, and in partnership with other area service providers.
As early childhood educators, we the teachers have differing philosophies and approaches to education of our own. There are many different types of early childhood programs. Each program is unique in its philosophies, methods, and program goals. Every one of us early childhood educators is unique in our own way, which makes each early childhood program experience different and special to everyone involved. We help to provide young students the foundation for their educational futures. In this paper, I will focus on comparing and contrasting two programs that stood out to me, the Emergent Curriculum and the Creative Curriculum. When you examine early childhood programs, you will find that there are many similarities and differences across the board, making each experience something a bit different and exciting in its own way.
A person’s childhood is very important especially when making decisions, interacting with others or any other normal everyday activity. These essentials are left out by parents when putting their kids in homeschool. Public school provides many more benefits for a student. Public school is more beneficial for a student than homeschool for the following reasons: social skills, cost, and opportunities.
Early childhood is an essential stage of life in terms of a child 's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. Growth of mental and physical abilities progress at an amazing rate and a very high proportion of learning takes place from birth to age six. It is a time when children particularly need high quality personal care and learning experiences. Approximately 60 to 70 percent of preschool-age children in the USA attend an early childhood program or child care program out of the home, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children learn language skills by interacting with the immediate environment and training or simple structural changes can improve language skills of children (Bouchard & Gilles, 2011). The early education given in early childhood shapes foundation of the life and helps mental and academic development of child. Throughout the play and education, children learn social skills along with how to deal with others and develop their own values (Webster-Stratton & Reid, 2010). Therefore, this paper, with the purpose of developing the children’s future, discusses why it is very essential to recognize the importance of early childhood education, how it effects to person 's life and how it can be developed.