The need for quality Early Childhood Education is needed in many places throughout the country and even the world. The center for American Progress states that in Wyoming with more than 65% of households having both parents working outside of the home it has become incredibly important for families to have options that are affordable, high quality and programs that will effectively prepare there children to enter into kindergarten and to succeed.
When a child receives positive early learning experiences this leads to healthy growth and development in all areas, and helps to lay the foundation in which all other education is based upon. Thus making Early childhood education incredibly important to the development of every child. Unfortunately this crucial time period, the first five years of a child’s life is often overlooked by people outside of the education profession.
The Instructional foundations for kindergarten summary report released by the Wyoming Department if Education states that only 52% of kindergartners had a kindergarten readiness level of “proficient”. Students who start behind, stay behind, and mostly likely will never catch up. The only way to improve this is to better prepare our students before they enter into kindergarten, meaning we need more quality preschools for our children under the age of 5.
Statistically before the age of five Children's brains, their personalities and their intellect are 85% developed, this according to the Wyoming Department of Education. Children who grow up in home with parents whom are less educated will them selves by 18 months already fall behind their peers with better educated households. It has been discovered that to produce the highest return on the dollar comparing it to all other investments we receive the highest return from early childhood education. Not higher education and job training, this proving the need for quality and wide spread affordable Early childhood education experiences for our children between birth and five years.
Wyoming Kids First mission is “To lead a public-private partnership in the development of an accessible and sustainable, high-quality early childhood system that supports communities and families.” (Wyokidsfirst.org,2018) The vision of the group is to make sure that all children in Wyoming live and learn in safe environments. Environments that will help them to succeed not only in school but in their futures. This agency has a broad reach over the state Of Wyoming, they are aware of all the programs and personnel in the state. They are already advocates and fight for change to early childhood education within the state. They would be a great source of knowledge for an advocate, they can put you in touch with others in the community who are already fighting for such change as well as help to navigate the path of being a new advocate.
Early Learning in Wyoming: 2017 (Publication). (n.d.). Retrieved June 25, 2018, from Center for American Progress website: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/content/uploads/2017/07/19101219/2017ECFS_WY.pdf
Wyoming Department of Education (2009) Instructional Foundations for Kindergarten Summary.
http://wyokidsfirst.org/ Retrieved June 29th,2018
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Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 13 years in the ECE profession.