The Benefits of Early Childhood Education

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The Benefits of Early Childhood Education Debby Mansfield Argosy University Phoenix Abstract This paper presents a comparison study using data acquired through documented studies and research on the short and long-term effects of early childhood education, and results of a current study involving individuals randomly selected from the general population of our countries graduates. Researching these individuals’ academic achievements, professional accomplishments, and life styles and comparing how these were affected according to whether or not they attended some type of pre-school program. Also, provided are the documented benefits obtained from attending an early childhood education program before starting kinder garden and how the foundation to a child’s future can be altered starting as early as age 2 and continue throughout life. Introduction Whether or not early childhood education has long-term benefits, has been a controversial issue for decades. Many people believe that starting to educate our children at too young of an age can cause negative effects. The most recent claim is that children who start school too young or are the youngest in their grade level tend to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) (Harmon, 2010). The research referred to in this paper, which has tracked students throughout their educational years from early childhood through college and beyond shows a much different outcome. The research shows that more adults than not receive long-term benefits and develop educational and work habits that can allow them to excel throughout their lives. In addition, early childhood education also is beneficial to the community and the economy. Adults who attended early childhood educational programs are more likely to earn as much as $2000 a month higher than those who did not attend ("Highscope perry
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