Experience of ECE teacher and director
I was an Early Childhood Education teacher for over 25 years. Children who have been in a high quality ECE program have a major advantage when they start public or private school. ECE is crucial in developing a lifetime love of learning, socialization with other children and adults, and basics in math, science and reading. ECE teachers should be trained in the specifics of the way young children learn, totally different than older children. Over the many years of teaching and being a director of a child care center I have observed hundreds of children go on to excel in K-12 school, higher education, and go on to live successful lives. I have nine children of my own. In discussing education with the teachers over many years, they all expressed their positive experiences with children who had attended ECE programs and how well prepared they are for school.