Here at The Learning Academy in Westerville, OH, we believe that early childhood education is critically important for your child’s development and future success. As research continues to demonstrate, the first five years of your child’s life are formative ones, during which the brain undergoes rapid development. Early education and stimulation during these years can have significant impacts that last well beyond childhood.
That is why we have designed our child care and preschool programs to nurture your child’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development right from the start. Our curriculum focuses on building foundational academic and social skills through play-based learning. We create engaging lessons tailored to different learning styles and stages. And we promote an atmosphere of safety, support, and belonging, so your child feels comfortable discovering and exploring their world.
The Value of Early Education
But why is early childhood education so vital for your child? What does research tell us about its long-term benefits? There are several key reasons:
- It supports healthy brain development. Your child’s brain develops rapidly in the first five years, making trillions of neural connections. Early exposure to language, books, counting, music, and more stimulates neural pathways for skills built upon for years. Without these foundations, later learning can be more difficult.
- It cultivates social-emotional skills. From a young age, your child learns essential skills like sharing, listening, cooperating, and regulating emotions. Early childhood programs give your child daily practice in a social setting, helping them gain confidence and lay the groundwork for relationships.
- It teaches learning habits. Qualified teachers can nurture positive learning habits as your child begins schooling – persistence, curiosity, focus, and problem-solving. These skills and mindsets will assist them throughout their academic careers.
- It mitigates disadvantage. For disadvantaged children, studies show high-quality early education can help close the achievement gap with peers. It provides an enriching environment they may lack at home and readies them for kindergarten.
- It’s a wise public investment. Research shows every $1 invested in early childhood education can yield over $8 in societal benefits down the road, through a more educated, productive populace and reductions in spending on remediation, healthcare, and crime.
In short, the developmental progress in your child’s first five years is unparalleled. Early education capitalizes on this critical window to nurture young minds at their peak receptiveness. The benefits are multifaceted and long-lasting.
Here at The Learning Academy: Cultivating Young Minds
As an NAEYC accredited child care center and preschool for ages 6 weeks to 6 years, The Learning Academy strives to deliver the highest quality early childhood education for families in Westerville and central Ohio. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) is the country’s most prestigious organization promoting high-quality early learning. Our approach is based on research and tailored to support your child’s wellbeing and development across all domains:
We structure our curriculum and activities to build essential cognitive capacities like language, literacy, math, science, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. This lays a solid foundation for kindergarten and elementary school. Teachers engage your child with developmentally appropriate learning materials daily. We focus on building early literacy through reading circles, letter recognition, and phonics activities that teach sound-letter relationships. For math, we use interactive counting games, pattern blocks, and other manipulatives or hands-on objects to develop number sense. Science and nature activities introduce children to the scientific method.
From our playground to gym time to music and movement, we integrate physical activity to develop your child’s motor skills and sensory awareness. Your child will run, jump, balance, dance, and use their hands. We provide opportunities for climbing, crawling, and stretching. Yoga and obstacle courses challenge coordination. Teachers lead organized games that get kids active. Good health and skills in the early years foster learning.
Social & Emotional Development
Our caring teachers help your child learn to identify and regulate emotions, resolve conflicts, share, and become more independent. We promote an environment where every child feels comfortable and gains confidence. Your child will learn empathy, kindness, honesty, and respect through modeling, role playing, and positive reinforcement. Cooperative games teach teamwork. Discussions help kids express feelings. Routines and clear expectations provide stability.
In addition to our classrooms, we provide enrichment like yoga, Spanish, gardening, and field trips. These stimulating experiences spark interest, expand horizons, and promote well-rounded development for your child. Our music program introduces rhythm, melody, and instruments. Cooking teaches measurement, following directions, and nutrition. Gardening connects kids to nature and responsibility. Local field trips make learning hands-on and engaging.
Partnering with Families
As part of our whole-child approach, we value collaborating with families. We engage you as parents through communication, conferences, events, and an open-door policy. Child development is a shared endeavor, so we support the entire family. We maintain open communication through reports, newsletters, calls, and conversations. Conferences discuss your child’s growth. Events like potlucks and open houses bring you into the classroom. You are always welcome to visit, participate, and observe.
Investing in Preschool Pays Off
Decades of research make a compelling case – early childhood education provides benefits that truly last a lifetime. Here at The Learning Academy, it is our privilege to give your child the best possible start. We invite you to see our programs in action and discover how an investment in preschool pays invaluable dividends now and in the future. Contact us today to schedule a tour!
So, Is Early Childhood Education Worth It?
Given the overwhelming research on the short and long-term benefits, the answer is yes – high-quality early childhood education is well worth the investment for your child, your family, and society. The developmental gains during these formative years provide a critical foundation for life. Early education fosters school readiness, self-confidence, and positive habits.
It prepares your child for success in kindergarten and beyond. While preschool costs may seem high, the returns over time dwarf the upfront costs. For success in school and beyond, your child needs nurturing, stimulating early learning environments. Prioritizing early education leads to more fulfilling lives and brighter futures.
FAQs About Early Childhood Education
What are the most important benefits of early childhood education?
The key benefits include: enhanced brain development; cultivating cognitive, social-emotional, and physical skills; closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged children; and providing tools and environment to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.
What should I look for in a high-quality preschool program?
Look for warm, engaging teachers; low student-teacher ratios; diverse learning activities; play, exploration and creativity; communication with parents; and accreditation meeting quality standards.
What is the optimal time to enroll a child in preschool?
Experts recommend enrolling children at ages 3-4 for greatest benefits. Many preschools have programs for younger children too. The earlier the better!
How can I support learning at home in those early years?
Read, talk, sing, and play together daily; limit screen time; ask open-ended questions; point out learning opportunities; establish routines and expectations; stay actively engaged.
Are there assistance programs available to help pay for preschool?
Yes, many states and organizations offer subsidies or scholarships for qualifying families. Head Start is a free, federally funded preschool program for low-income families. Research programs in your area.