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Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
Posted on 04/09/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Early Childhood EducationSurvey for Early Childhood Programming

I wanted to share with the community what we've been looking into for early childhood programming. Early childhood programming is generally considered to be Birth to Age 3. In general, communities determine what they'd like to invest in for schooling, but the state requires that we provide programming for ages 5 and up. Studies have shown that the earlier that educational professionals are able to intervene, however, that there are more long term benefits to a child's health, educational attainment, and in communities.

 

Reflecting on the long-term benefits to a community, access to early childhood education makes not only children and families healthier, it makes communities healthier as well. In communities with high quality preschool, those children are shown to have higher educational and occupational attainment as adults. They also have better nutrition and health as adults. All of these factors lead to long term savings as those children are more likely to be well employed, healthy, and productive citizens. When we have access to quality early childhood programming, families gain access to speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, that they may not otherwise accessed. Lastly, children who are developmentally behind, have quality access and playtime with typically developing peers, which also aids them in social skills and prepares them for school. The benefit to the community obviously extends to the school district as well, as families will keep their children in the local public school because they started them there in preschool. This money doesn’t leave the community as parents seek early childhood programming, preschool, or educational services in other communities.

 

The district is currently exploring which types of programming we can offer for three year old children, mostly because the long term gains are well-worth it, and it would be an incredible asset to our current community to offer this type of programming. We will have our next conversation on Thursday, April 26th at 3:30pm in the high school, if you are able to make it. We will have a feedback form on our website, too, if you would prefer to register your opinions that way: www.pecatonica.k12.wi.us

Jill Underly
District Administrator
Pecatonica Area School District

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