|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Salt Lake City, Utah – Parents wanting to ensure the future success of their children should invest in quality early learning programs. Early childhood education creates a reduction in spending on special education and remedial education, as well as other programs. In fact, according to the White HouseWhite House, there is a rate of return as high as 18 percent seen on early childhood programs. Early childhood and preschool programs create increased earnings and productivity for the children as they become adults, as well.
Early intervention leads to success
Child care experts agree the quality of the center a child attends in the first five years shapes the future. Chicago-based outreach program Ounce of Prevention Fund states that at risk children without access to these programs are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, among other things.
The early years of a life lay the groundwork for all that is to come in a child's life. Between birth and age 3, most of the neurons in the brain are developed, making a child most receptive to learning. To offer the greatest return back to society and ensure the healthy development of all children, creating and maintaining quality early learning programs is the most cost effective option.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
What parents should look for
“It's most important to choose a facility with loving and well-trained staff who are committed to the children,” says Bethany Hosking, co-founder of Learning Tree Schools, a Murray daycare center.
Other things to consider are:
- Is the center child-friendly? Are there sufficient age appropriate toys and learning materials?
- Are all caregivers, staff and teachers engaged, friendly and caring?
“Caregivers should not only interact with children, but get down on their level,” says Hosking, a childcare expert with three Sandy-area child care centers. “Staff should be engaged with the children, and should show proper affection.”
Know that each potential caregiver is another source of love and affection for a child, so choose wisely.
Learning Tree Schools was established in 1979 as a preschool. The programs are tailored to children of various ages from infants to grade school. Visit LearningTreeUtah.com for more information.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|