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In Defense of Early Childhood Education and Care
Restoring the Link Between HIgh Quality and Child Development
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Join Us as we advocate in defense of early childhood education and care that restores the link between high quality and principles of child development! 

 

Despite decades of research on child development that provides a blueprint for designing high-quality early childhood education and care programs, we continue to see a rise in the proliferation of harmful curricula and pedagogies for young children. Educators trained in child development know how to provide high-quality early childhood education and care. Unfortunately, our lawmakers and elected officials are allowing corporations and consultants to push inappropriate curriculums and instructional strategies under a misguided belief that high quality must be tied to academic learning and rigid teacher-directed practices.  

 

High-quality early childhood education and care must be based on principles of child development. The research on how young children develop makes it clear that they need ample time to play, inquire, build, create, sing, move, talk, and pursue their own interests.  High-quality early childhood education and care promote environments and practices that center on whole child development. Attempts to force academic instruction into pre-kindergarten classrooms have led to worse academic outcomes by sixth grade (Durkin, Lipsey, Farran & Wiesen, 2022). An early focus on academic skills does not allow young children to develop the foundational skills needed to support academic achievement later on

 

The time has come for us to advocate for restoring the link between high quality and child development. We must resist demands from those who do not understand how children develop, demands that jeopardize the ability of our children to experience true early childhood education and care.  

 

Stand with us as defenders of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Sign up to join our advocacy campaign, and we will share opportunities to amplify your voice in ensuring all children have access to high-quality early childhood education and care programs.  

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