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4 Reasons to Stop Ignoring the Importance of Early Education

Education is always a hotbutton topic in election years, and this one is no different. In recent years, we have seen more studies documenting the important role that early education plays in the outcomes for children. Some experts even argue that the first 8 years of life are the most crucial to future success in and out of the classroom.

Still not convinced? Here are  four reasons why you should stop ignoring just how important early education can be in the life of your son or daughter.

1.Human Brain Development

According to a two-and-a-half-year study, From Neurons to Neighborhoods, “from birth to age 5, children rapidly develop foundational capabilities on which subsequent development builds. In addition to their remarkable linguistic and cognitive gains, they exhibit dramatic progress in their emotional, social, regulatory, and moral capacities. All of these critical dimensions of early development are intertwined, and each requires focused attention.”

In fact, the report goes on to continue to state that “striking disparities in what children know and can do are evident well before they enter kindergarten.” Pre-Kindergarten education programs can have a serious effect on the early development of your child, so make sure you give your child the best opportunity you can by looking for quality early education centers in your area!

2.Improved Academic Achievement

One of the main benefits of early education programs is an improvement in academic achievement over the long-term. According to Libby Ethridge, President of the National Association of Early Childhood Education Teacher Educators, children who are enrolled in these types of programs have higher levels of academic achievement, are less likely to repeat grades during their schooling and are more likely to earn a high school diploma.



3.Better Social Skills

It’s a fact that children are more impressionable at younger ages, and one of the best ways for them to develop proper social skills is to expose them to a classroom setting at an early age. In the classroom, children are able to engage in group activities, learn the skills required to get along with their peers and become comfortable with a schedule and routine.

4.Reduction in Need for Special Programs

Not only do early education programs reduce the need for special education accommodations for students while in school, but they have a lasting effect on the rest of their lives. According to a study by the National Institute for Early Education Research, Pre-K programs reduce a child’s likelihood to become involved in delinquent and criminal behavior later in life. These early learning programs can also have an effect on employment numbers, earning capacity and even their dependence on welfare.

Investing in your children while they are very young is a win-win for everyone. Make the commitment to bettering your child’s future by enrolling them in one of the early education programs from Tender Care Learning Centers. Our award-winning teachers and staff create a warm environment for your child to play, learn and grow while they prepare to seamlessly transition into each new stage of early childhood development.  Instill a lifelong love of learning in your child and enroll them in a Tender Care Learning Center near you. 

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Tender Care is a Pennsylvania state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PennAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.



Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

Keystone STARS (PA only)


The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.