As a professor of ECE and a parent of young children, I continually have conversations with parents trying to help them understand why programs such as you describe above are really the way to go; however, the general population has such deep, imbedded ideas of what preschool should be like it’s hard to convince them otherwise. I see more and more evidence of programs (my child’s classroom, thankfully) moving in the right direction and that makes me happy! Thank you for this.
Living in a small town, I can see why educators and ECE programs are slow to change. Competition amongst schools for student enrollment is high when many in the general population people question the very value of early education itself. Several of the most popular schools in our area are not fully enrolled despite our town’s high population of young children. The more progressive programs are misunderstood, undervalued, and generally not considered to be education at all due to the less obvious academic content. I hope the evidence you see comes to create a shift in smaller towns like ours soon.
But you know, there are kids, they are anxiously waiting without sleeping for your help for getting FOOD at least half stomach, one time a day.
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