Early childhood education (ECE) programs are designed to promote the development and intellectual learning in children before they reach school years. Early care involves the traditional form of daycare centers between the ages of 0–2 and educational Montessori programs or preschool education between the ages of 3–5.
There’s extensive research available on the short-term and long-term benefits of ECE, however America still lacks a properly developed national pre-k program—that can be implemented across all states. Not to mention childcare and ECE are often more costly than college education. While no one can deny the cost of childcare and ECE, results of the cost-benefit analysis show that ECE can be beneficial for not only children—as they move toward adult life—but for the society, as well.
Let’s break it down.
Enhanced Learning with Play
ECE programs use established and highly effective learning approaches to promote development in children. From motor skills to cognitive, behavioral, intellectual, social, emotional and even physical skills, preschools provide an environment where children learn better amongst their peers and are therefore able to form positive interpersonal relationships from the beginning.
Studies show that educators play a key role in developing affirmative interpersonal relations in students’ lives. Not only does this contribute to educational achievement but also plays a role in transforming their personal lives.
Impact for Working Parents
An often-overlooked benefit of childcare and ECE is its indirect impact on parents’ productivity and commitment to work. When working parents have the option to enroll their child in a Montessori or any other childcare program, they’re highly likely to continue working or return to work—especially women.
Corporate America has seen a significant disproportion between the numbers of working mothers and fathers; however, the availability of care systems and preschools have made a significant difference. Surveys by Pew Research Centers show that more fathers are leaving work to take care of their kids—a problem that ECE centers and nationwide Montessori system can solve.
At Montessori School of San Marcos, our aim is to offer maximum support to working parents by ensuring a safe, secure and healthy environment for their children to grow up in. From infant program starting at two-months-old to preschool program up until six-years-old, we provide stimulating settings for the enhanced development of all children.