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The Importance of Selecting a High Quality Program - Accredited, Gold Seal

The Critical Importance of Selecting a High Quality Program

Most parents are not experts on what constitutes quality early learning experiences for young children; yet they want what is best for their children.   You can look at the children in high quality programs; they are happy, engaged in developmentally appropriate activities that foster growth and passion for learning, and are incredibly loved and cared for by their teachers.   Research supports the value of high quality early learning in children. “Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not,” says National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) director W. Steven Barnett, PhD.  Children’s language, social skills, and school readiness skills especially benefit from the better quality found in high quality programs.  These are the critical areas for children’s success in school as well as life.  It has been our experience that a significant number of the children that have graduated from our program have been placed in the gifted or extended programs in their elementary school by the age of seven. Just this past year, one of our first grade alumni, scored an 8.5 grade equivalent on the math portion of the county administered Stanford Achievement Test; more than 7 grade levels above his actual first grade placement.  Another child entered kindergarten (2012) reading at a near 2nd grade level.  That is phenomenal; but no accident.  McLoughlin believes powerful programs and wonderful parents partnering together bring out the best in everyone, not just the children.

                  The Committee for Economic Development released a paper in 2002 finding that children that attend high quality early learning centers are more likely to graduate high school, and more likely to continue on to higher level education as well as make more money in their life time.  The Committee has spent great energy and resources, On June 28, 2006, CED released The Economic Promise of Investing in High-Quality Preschool: Using Early Education to Improve Economic Growth and the Fiscal Sustainability of States and the Nation, which illustrates the economic benefits of quality preschool. The study finds that American children, the United States’ economy and our society can greatly benefit from improved and expanded early childhood education programs. The committee’s findings are extremely significant; we live in a time and in an area where there is over a 30% high school drop out rate; we need to immunize our children early and give them every advantage toward cultivating a productive and prosperous future.

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