Are all licensed daycares basically the same? What Do Children Learn in a High-Quality Preschool Program

No, early childhood education is not daycare!

“Education” of children from birth to 6 is like adding a turbocharger to the engine that drives their development.  From newborn to kindergarten, a child is going to grow and learn things every day.  Early childhood education at The Village and Rutledge Institute accelerates each child’s learning and focuses it on the things that are important life lessons.  Our teachers assess each child’s readiness, develop plans to start with what the child knows and their level of development, and design the right program for them.  Then, they measure each child’s progress and work with parents/guardians to help the child reach their potential.  

Children are all different.  They have different interests, skills, talents, and emotions.  An article (Link) from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) answers the question, “What Do Children Learn in a High-Quality Preschool Program”.  The article explains the roles of teachers and curriculum to support the development of all children from birth to age 6:

  • Physically
  • Socially
  • Emotionally
  • Communicating
  • Thinking
  • Creating
  • Problem-Solving

Early childhood education doesn’t look like elementary school with children sitting at desks.  It looks like each child exploring their interests, being exposed to new information/experiences, and learning new things every day.  It looks like lots of opportunities for learning through purposeful play, snacks, lunch, quiet time, and fun. Fun comes in all forms, such as self-directed play, outdoor exercise, organized play, reading, golf, music, dancing, swimming lessons, art, Spanish and more.  Children will learn things every day, regardless of where they are, but they learn the right things, the right way, and for the right reasons with The Village and Rutledge Institute. 

In a supportive educational environment, our students also learn empathy, resilience, critical thinking, respect, gratitude, responsibility, honesty, kindness, healthy habits, and a love of learning.

From NAEYC: What Do Children Learn in a High-Quality Preschool Program?

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