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The Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education

As our children grow, they transition through many different stages. Each and every one of these stages is critical to the overall development of the child. This is why early learning is crucial. Providing access to high quality early education is the best way to give your child a head start in life.

Here are the fundamental reasons why early childhood education is so important: (1) Language development - Early education can be the key to proper language development. Between the ages of one and five, children develop the language skills that they will carry with them through their entire lives. By placing your child in the right learning environment, they are more likely to take part in age appropriate conversations, helping your child build the communication foundation they’ll need to acquire more advanced language skills. Having your child involved in a supportive educational child care environment is a socially constructive way for your child to learn from their peers and practice speech; (2) Social development - This is probably one of the most important skill sets that a child will learn through an early learning program. Socializing with other children and adults in a setting that fosters safety, creativity and consistent structure is a great way to positively build your child’s self-esteem. In a peer group environment, your child will learn social skills through role-playing games, educational games, and working on group projects with other children. This will give your child a sense of accomplishment that helps build and strengthen character; (3) Cognitive or memory development - Enrolling your child in a preschool or child care program that fosters developmentally appropriate curriculum will help your child build the cognitive skills required to comfortably thrive while developing their learning foundation, providing the confidence needed to adapt more rapidly when they reach kindergarten and on into grade school.

At The Children's Early Learning Space in Duxbury, Vermont, we believe in the power of early learning. Our dedicated staff works tirelessly to provide a safe and secure environment for your child to learn and have fun while they are in our care. The benefits begin with our Infant Program, where through play, consistent structure and personal engagement within a safe environment, our infants begin the discovery learning process. As they transition into our Toddler Program for children ages 18 months to 3 years, they continue their exploration via self expression through creative learning exercises and predictable routines - all within a teacher to student ratio that provides comprehensive attention and positive reinforcement. From Toddlers to Preschool, preparation for the primary school transition builds confidence, self-esteem and provides the building blocks for a smooth transition to a more focused curriculum.

The Children’s Early Learning Space is a wonderful place for your child to experience the basic building blocks needed for positive educational development. Once your child is a part of our center, we will work with a focus towards our common goal of delivering confident, well-prepared children, ready to embark on the wonderful journey of higher learning and to help them build local friendships that may last a lifetime.

(Tony Walton is former TCELS Board President and founding partner of New England Landmark Realty)