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It is disheartening that early education and early care are still seen as separate. Early education is care. Please send our political leaders a copy of Illuminating Care by Carol Garboden Murray.
I just thought I would share a link to the article: Why Caregiving is Key to Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plan
Voucher system! We have been doing the work of early education serving 3-5 year olds for years. Don't mess with the system that works. If you feel it needs more access add funds via vouchers and transportation. And you will need faith based programming. Know that now and plan to use our programs.
I wonder why 'day care' grew such a negative connotation. Disrespect for teachers is common in the United States, where "those who can, do - and those who can't - teach" is the mentality. Among all educators, those of us who guide and nurture the youngest as least respected - even by our peers.
It's a mindset that needs to be evolved, if not erased.
Early childhood education is all about learning the most important things: how to regulate 'big emotions' and respect oneself and others. Our students are empowered by our loving support. Everything we do invites children to wonder, dream and create a strong image of themselves.
It's all 'school'.
First I have to say that Early Childhood education happens in all settings. There are many excellent Daycare and Family childcare programs that provide an excellent Pre-K curriculum for their 3-5 year old's. That said, I can not emphasize enough how important social emotional and play based learning is for early childhood. The curriculum must be developmentally age appropriate.