Early Childhood Education

American historian Henry Adams said that “a teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

While we may not be able to tell where a teacher’s influence stops, we certainly know where it begins thanks to diligent studies conducted on the topic of early childhood education. According to one such study conducted by the Brookings Institute, children aged 2 to 5 are the most influential when it comes to the introduction and mastering of new concepts.

A similar study by the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child discovered that early childhood education directly correlates to the strength or weakness of the development of a child’s brain. The study stressed the importance of preschool and other early-learning programs in a child’s future ability to grow and learn.

A minimum of an associate degree is required to work in most preschools and daycares. Associate programs focus on the basics of curriculum development, as well as the promotion of language development, social skills and basic literacy.

Some positions in early childhood education require a bachelor or master degree, as well as teaching certification credentials.

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