Early Childhood Education Initiative Goals:
- Increase the number of children who enter Kindergarten with the skills and resources they need to learn and succeed.
- Provide childcare providers and parents with comprehensive developmental screening for children ages 3-5 yrs. old. Screenings help to identify children with potential developmental delays and who need further evaluation and intervention services in order to be ready to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to learn and succeed.
- Increase parents and families understanding of early childhood development and literacy.
- Improve the capacity of early education professionals to recognize and respond to developmental delays and pre-literacy education. Thus, providing early intervention and possibly reduce the number of children entering school with potential learning problems.
- Increase early childhood development, health, and education by providing knowledge of and access to training and materials focused on evidence- based instruction.
- Increase coordination/partnerships between early childhood development, health, and education programs in the non-public and public preschool communities.
- Increase public awareness about the importance of early childhood development, health, and pre-literacy.
“Children who receive early treatment for developmental delays are more likely to graduate from high school, hold jobs, live independently, and avoid teen pregnancy, delinquency, and violent crime. This results in a savings to society of about $30,000 to $100,000 per child.”
– Glascoe, F.P. Shapiro, H.L. 2004, 5-27 Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online