Articles under this heading will relate to all facets of preschool and will appeal to parents and teachers of preschool children.
The early years of childhood, the preschool years, are the most important in a child’s development. Researchers studying early brain development emphasize the importance of the early years and suggest the environments that allow best for optimum growth and development.
These findings correspond with the criteria established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Programs accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAECP), a part of NAEYC, will see that each child receives the high quality of care demanded by such an accreditation. The importance of the child’s individual needs in every area throughout the day must be a priority. The classroom environment, staff interactions, health and safety, administration, and staff qualifications are all equally important in the process of providing a Developmentally Appropriate Program.
Children learn best through play. In one sense, toys become their words and play becomes their “work”. It is through this play that the child makes sense of his/her world. It is through the careful observation, of this play by the teacher that he or she comes to know that child more fully and can development his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP).
This site will offer articles appropriate to the subject. My experience of 35 years as an early childhood teacher and director of an accredited program has given me such a great opportunity to learn about children and their growth and development. I want to share that experience with you. My hope is that if you have questions or suggestions for articles you will share those with me in an email. I will respond to your emails.