"We know from research and experience that children who start behind, stay behind."
—Dr. Elanna Yalow, Executive Vice President of Knowledge Universe-US
Study after study proves that Early Childhood Education is an integral part of helping our children to develop a love of learning. Below is an excerpt from Knowledge Universe (a firm dedicated to analyzing key trends in educational research). This study was focused on "Early Childhood Education: A Benchmark for Long-Term Success", and discovered the following:
82 percent of teachers surveyed in the U.S. agree that children who participate in early childhood education have a distinct advantage throughout their academic career.
Nearly all kindergarten and first grade teachers agree that children who participate in early childhood education are better prepared (94 percent agree) and more successful (92 percent agree) in early grades.
An overwhelming majority of kindergarten and first grade teachers (88 percent or more) agree that early childhood education prepares children for elementary school across a range of outcomes, including building self-confidence, instilling knowledge of letters and numbers, teaching children how to socialize and share, and encouraging group participation.
Four of five teachers (77%) say they do not agree with the statement that children who participate in early childhood education grow up too fast; two thirds (67%) say they do not agree with the statement that young children thrive more in a non-structured environment.
Only 31 percent of kindergarten and first grade educators believe that young children should be exclusively at home in a one-on-one environment during the early learning years