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Effects on Educators with Early Childhood Education

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Early childhood education consists of activities and experiences that are intended to have a significant effect on the developmental changes in children prior to their entry into elementary school. The basis behind these programs was designed to help improve the children’s performance throughout their educational careers. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that the early education system began to grow substantially within the US. These programs allowed the majority of American children to have access to some form of early childhood education. It is important to note that research has shown that providing a high quality education for children before the age of five yields significant long-term benefits. From the beginning, early childhood education has been committed to three major themes, which are the ethic of social reform, the importance of childhood, and transmitting values. There are the three most significant issues facing early childhood educators today that I will further discuss below.

According to Rod Paige, “One size does not fit all when it comes to educating our children. We must challenge the old ways. We must be innovative and creative in our thinking. We must do whatever it takes to help ensure that every child is educated” (as cited by Gordon and Browne, 2004, p. 589). One of the major challenges facing educators today is that they must realize the potential for social change and improvement. From an old Chinese proverb, “give a man a fish and he shall eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime”. That by educating a child’s mind and teaching them the necessary skills will help the child develop the skills, and succeed in their future educational endeavors.

The next major challenge facing early childhood educators is the importance of recognizing their childhood. In order to effectively reach out to a child, these educators must realize the challenges children face today, for ex., single family homes. They must also realize and value the commitment to child, while simultaneously recognizing the miracle of childhood and how they play a significant role in helping develop who these children become. In order to sustain this commitment, it must be in every early childhood educators mind the want and desire to reach


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