French poet Victor Hugo once said: “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” A child that learns what is right is prevented him from doing what is wrong. A steep learning curve may be in order, but at least the curve gets a person closer to the top of his learning experience.
Preschool is often the defining moment of a kid’s life, a chance to see where his learnings will take him. This is why the government’s resolve in spending $75 billion in early education over the next decade may as well see more bright minds and less criminals in American society in the next generation.
The move is decisive, according to several experts. Preschool funding has had a history of being underfunded for years; the budget reached critical lows in 2012, according to a report. For experts, the importance of a well-funded preschool program can’t be expressed enough. The lack of funding is the reason for the “non-lasting effect” argument by the program’s critics.
“Even so, Obama’s $75 billion plan was a nonstarter with Congress. One big argument critics make against spending more on preschool is that the benefits don’t last.
Some researchers counter that many kids don’t see lasting benefits because early childhood education programs are often underfunded. That can mean poorly trained teachers and a weak curricular patchwork.”
The Most Important Grade
W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, has been one of the most prominent supporters of early education. He raises concern about the poor quality of early education that four-year-olds today are receiving. In fact, as NPR’s Claudio Sanchez and Cory Turner report, poor education is only slightly better than no education at all.
“If there is a silver lining, it’s that even substandard preschool is better than the more common alternative: none at all. Children who get no preschool start kindergarten (are) already a year or more behind developmentally.”
Studies show that preschool education produces constant top performers in IQ tests. This is aside from keeping the number of criminals from swelling in the long run.
Nothing can give this level of education better than a good nursery school in Kingston such as Crayon College. With a warm, loving environment and a low student-to-teacher ratio, a good school provides a conducive learning experience no matter the steepness of the learning curve. It’s important to note that the teacher herself is just as important as the curriculum.
Quality Kingston kids child care starts with education. It’s the mold in which the child will shape his future, and it’s the curriculum that will guide him in taking a sensible, if not perfect, shape.
(Source: “What Exactly Is ‘High-Quality’ Preschool?” NPR, April 22, 2014)