It takes patience, compassion, and a lot of strength in character to work with children, but it also requires a good understanding of how children learn and perceive the world. Through Kendall's early childhood education program those interested in educating these early learners develop fundamental concepts of developmental stages, planning curriculum, and engaging young minds.
Did you know that research has shown that children who know eight rhymes by the time they are four years-old will be among the best readers when they are eight years-old? This research finding means that whether or not a child will be a successful reader by third grade largely depends on the education they receive before ever stepping foot in Kindergarten. Early childhood educators make the difference in preparing children to become good readers.
From toddler to preschooler, young children are anxious to understand and explore the world around them. In the first five years of human development our brains are like sponges, soaking up language, discovering senses, and so much more. At no other time in a person's life will they learn so much at such a fast rate! Early childhood educators have the task of organizing the world and encouraging constructive exploration through free and structured play and engaging hands-on activities. It is a career full of fun, with daily rewards in witnessing the rapid, continuous development of the young minds you are molding.
With a degree or certification in early childhood education, you can work in a preschool at a private or public school, childcare center, or for charitable organizations that offer pre-elementary school education. In recent years, studies have reestablished the importance of early childhood education in the future success of individuals, creating a strong demand for more pre-school options for parents. This demand has resulted in increased need for early childhood educators, with a 25% expected growth over the next ten years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Parents who want to stay at home with their young children are also finding this an increasingly rewarding field to become certified in. In-home classrooms are becoming popular alternatives to public preschools and childcare centers. Preschool parents want to see that their children are getting individualized attention that meets their developmental, emotional and educational needs. Early childhood educators who work out of their home can offer this environment to a small group and decide their own rate of compensation and schedule, all while caring for their own children too.
If you want to be a part of the caring community of adults who foster the next generation from the most important years of life, consider a career early childhood education and make an impact that will last a lifetime!