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Early Childhood

  • Keep play in preschool

    Just 30 years ago, 40 percent of a typical preschool day was devoted to child-initiated play. Today, this number has fallen to just 25 percent (Miller & Almon, 2009). Over the years, play has taken a back seat to early academic preparation. But does reducing play in preschool benefit children academically and socially?

  • Why pursue a career in early childhood education

    “I think that teaching is a beautiful profession and that teachers of young children do one of the best things that there is to do in life: bring joy and beauty, mystery and mischievous delight into the hearts of little people in their years of greatest curiosity” – Jonathan Kozol

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  • Play: The possibilities are as vast as the universe

    A baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) at birth—that’s about as many stars as in the Milky Way!  And nearly all that brain will need.

    4cs 1024x858 Play: The possibilities are as vast as the universe	Each neuron has about 2,500 synapses—connections between the neurons that aid in brain development. By the time a child is 2-3 years old, that number grows to 15,000 synapses per neuron as the brain develops. These early formative years are prime time to create the foundation for learning that will carry us into adulthood. From a very early age, children play. Children learn about the world around them and themselves through play. Play is a huge factor in a child’s development. It provides opportunities to develop essential developmental skills.

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