Did you know that less than half the children in Pulaski are ready for Kindergarten when they start school? The state average for Kentucky is only 51%. Did you know there are things we can do to make this better? The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. The first years shape a child’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general. Recent research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child’s brain architecture. Early experiences have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. Everything she or he sees, touches, tastes, smells or hears helps to shape the brain for thinking, feeling, moving and learning. Encouraging children to play and explore helps them learn and develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. This helps children get ready for school. (Facts for Life – Child Development and Early Learning) So you have a vital role to play in helping your child learn through these early years. You are your child’s first teacher, and your child will keep learning from you as she gets older.
If you are questioning whether your child is hitting his/ her developmental milestones, check out our Resource Guide