Recently I received a newsletter regarding proposed budget cuts. My state is not unique to any other state; everyone is looking at budgets these days! Below is taken from Prepare My Child for School, Early Childhood Education with website information is below.
1. Early Childhood Initiative
The years before a child reaches kindergarten are among the most critical in his or her life to influence learning. President Obama is committed to providing the support that our youngest children need to prepare to succeed later in school. The President supports a seamless and comprehensive set of services and support for children, from birth through age 5. Because the President is committed to helping all children succeed - regardless of where they spend their day - he is urging states to impose high standards across all publicly funded early learning settings, develop new programs to improve opportunities and outcomes, engage parents in their child's early learning and development, and improve the early education workforce.
The Administration strongly believes that, to be of high quality, an early childhood program must include a developmentally appropriate educational component. According to the influential National Academy of Sciences publication, Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers, "care and education cannot be thought of as separate entities in dealing with young children." To this end, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are working together to ensure that our children have a strong foundation in both the educational and the social-emotional domains that provide children with the preparation they need to enter kindergarten ready for success. The Presidential Early Learning Council will help to enhance the early learning and development of all of America's children.1
When it comes to education, there is one thing that cannot be cut or taken away, and that is the result of our personal involvement in educating our children. Education that begins at birth and initiated by parents/caregivers, will boost a baby’s learning. Early learning that includes American Sign Language can add multiple benefits by helping with coping skills, expanding language and recent studies show signing can raise a child’s IQ. If we do not educate our children, our country has no future. Make the most of your baby’s first years, sign!