Education

Early childhood education in national spotlight

February 19, 2015 by Guest Contributor

Decades of research have proven that quality, age-appropriate early childhood education (ECE) programs, especially during the first five years of life, have tremendous positive ripple effects in the lives of Americans. Yet, the country ranks as low as 28th in the world when it comes to access to ECE programs (commonly called preschool), according to the U.S. Department of Education. It’s an issue that the Obama administration is addressing with a new initiative, and the President called it “one of the best investments we can make as a nation.” Brandman University faculty and other experts discuss the importance of this renewed focus on ECE and why it matters.

This renewed national focus to invest in ECE programs means the demand for qualified, educated professionals is going to out-pace many other industries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which predicts a 17 percent increase in employment in the field by the year 2020.

Why consider a career in early childhood education? There are a variety of options for passionate people, Brandman faculty say.

Expert advice for parents of young children – why you need to talk, talk, talk to them, especially in the first five years after birth.  

 

 

 

 

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