There is increasing recognition that the first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development, laying a foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; behavioral, social, and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health.
The Children’s Center of Stone Oak’s early childhood educational programs are designed to provide educational and social support for the children, the parents, and the family as a whole. The structured learning and social activities made available to your child at The Children’s Center can directly enhance your child’s ability to learn and grow both academically and socially.
The following information was taken from the article titled “Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education.” October 2013.
The foundations of brain architecture, and subsequent lifelong developmental potential, are laid down in a child’s early years through a process that is exquisitely sensitive to external influence. Early experiences in the home, in other care settings, and in communities interact with genes to shape the developing nature and quality of the brain’s architecture. The growth and then environmentally based pruning of neuronal systems in the first years support a range of early skills, including cognitive (early language, literacy, math), social (theory of mind, empathy, prosocial), persistence, attention, and self-regulation and executive function skills (the voluntary control of attention and behavior). Later-skills – in schooling and employment — build cumulatively upon these early skills. Therefore investment in early learning and development is more efficient and can generate more benefits than costs relative to investment later in the life cycle.