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Can We Improve America by Taking Better Care of Our children?

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This condensed story drives home the importance of child development from learning experiences about their world. Well-meaning people who support the proposed exorbitant spikes in national park fees are working indirectly to harm America’s youth. Unwittingly, good people are working to price the youth in our severely depressed area from park visits. Thus depriving young brains from experiencing and learning about our natural wonders. 

 

Can We Improve America by Taking Better Care of Our 2-Year-Olds?

“A child’s experiences not only determine what information enters her brain, but also influence how her brain processes information,” explains a succinct and well-documented summary of the first three years of brain developmentposted by the Tennessee-based Urban Child Institute…

By not providing more taxpayer-funded support, we’ve all tacitly agreed that parents are on their own when it comes to finding care for their children.

America’s  2-year-old year is the doughnut hole in the early education system. It’s also when the brain grows naturally and healthfully and learns about the world around them.  Meaningful outdoor experiences are super-peak experiences for children.

It gives them courage and lights-up the quest to discover and learn.

Two-year-olds who explore everything their world has to offer can make a significant difference for children at this age.

The latest brain science backs up what parents have known intuitively for ages: The early years consist of some of the most important moments in child development.

The size of a child’s vocabulary at age 2 can predict his academic and behavioral abilities at the start of kindergarten. School readiness at the start of kindergarten can affect a child’s ability to read by third grade. Source

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62 percent of 2-year-olds have a working mother, usually a sign that the family is seeking child care. Yet only about 6 percent of 2-year-olds are cared for with funding provided by Early Head Start or the Child Care and Development Block Grant program.

Many private child care programs don’t bother with younger children, since it’s far less lucrative than care for older children.

Economists’ estimates of the actual return range from $3 to $16 dollars in savings on public services and revenue from income taxes for every dollar spent on early childhood education.

Condensed Source:
Lillian Mongeau, Slate 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12398/abstract
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