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Early Childhood Organizations


One of the early childhood organizations I have chosen to follow is NIEER. There is a wide variety of information available through this organization on the latest trends and issues in early childhood. This week’s course focus has been on the connection economists, neuroscientist and politicians have on the field of early childhood. There are many critical connections each of these groups have on early childhood programs. Among them politicians may have the largest impact on early childhood policies and funding.

Through my exploration of NIEER web site, I found a press release titled, Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan The State of Preschool. (NIEER, 2013) Throughout this press release Duncan discusses the positive and negative state preschool is in. Duncan shared, 30 governors increased funding for state preschool programs in 2012. This shows a direct connection between politicians and the state of early childhood programs. No one wants children’s welfare to come down to the topic of money. However, without the proper funding early childhood programs will not be able to meet the needs of our youngest learners.

The NIEER Yearbook reported fewer than 30% of US 4 year-olds are enrolled in state-funded preschool programs and 10 states in the still do not offer state funded programs. The US is ranked 25th of the industrialized countries who enroll 4 year-old in early learning programs. In Germany and Japan 95% of 4 year-olds are enrolled in early learning programs. (NIEER, 2013) These facts tell me we as a country need to focus on our earliest learners and provide equal opportunity for all children to begin their educational path, but to not loses site of developmentally appropriate practice in teaching.

Duncan went on to acknowledge the critical local impact of mayoral support for early childhood programs. Elected officials at every level make decisions and policies that affect early childhood programs. We as members of our community need to vote for elected officials at the local level and all the way up the chain that will support and advocate for early childhood programs. We must hold our elected officials accountable for supporting early childhood programs.






Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

5 thoughts on “Early Childhood Organizations

  1. I enjoyed reading your post. We always hear so much concerning the number of young children attending public preschool which causes me to wonder the number of children attending private preschool, as well as, those not attending preschool anywhere. It is sad there are states out there which do not give funding to preschools. I am even sadder to say my state happens to be one of them. You are correct, we must hold our public officials accountable and if they cannot be, we need to find someone who will take care of our children. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I researched the same website and I really enjoyed it too. I liked that you picked an article that matches up to the election coming up soon. It is totally true that we as educators need to support someone that has the best intentions for us and the children. I also believe that their should be more early childhood center to meet the needs for early intervention.
    Again thank you for sharing a different part of this website.

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this post. Did the article state why Japan and Germany have a high enrollment rate? What programs do they have to emphasize quality education and a high enrollment rate especially those considered poor or low socioeconomic stats? I do wonder if we will be taxed higher in order to raise the amount of money required to continue improving early childhood education.

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  4. Great post!! It is great to see that there is some major focus on quality education available for all children who attends preschools whether public or private. In my country St. Kitts and Nevis the government presently provides a monthly subvention of school fees for both public and private centers, which assists parents adequately.


  5. Wow! I really enjoyed reading your post, with all of the resources we have it is devastating how low we are ranked in early childhood education. This website sounds very informative and also shows the success other countries have. We are one of the richest countries how can the others afford to do so and we make it seem like it is so hard snd will cost so much to support our early learners.



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