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Understanding the Goals of Early Education and Child Care Programs

Early childhood education is proven to pay off in the long run by helping to produce a more qualified workforce of adults. The payoff, according to My Central Jersey, is a return on investment of $17 million to every $1 million invested.  Those figures are hard to ignore.

Early childhood education is proven to pay off in the long run by helping to produce a more qualified workforce of adults. The payoff, according to My Central Jersey, is a return on investment of $17 million to every $1 million invested.  Those figures are hard to ignore.

Majority of Brain Development Takes Place in First Five Years of Life

The majority of the brain's growth takes place in the early years.  The way a child is taught in the very beginning of his or her life will shape how he or she lives out the rest of their life.  Responsibility, care, and love of learning can be taught in early childhood education programs, and these character traits will help the child to be a better adult and live a better life. 

Fulfilling Needs for Nurturing and Growth

Many children in the United States do not have enough to eat.  Early childhood education programs provide balanced meals and snacks, often at income-adjusted pricing, so that all the children attending can have their nutritional needs met.  Teachers of early childhood education receive training and certification to ensure the psychological needs of the children are recognized and met.  Young children have different needs than school-aged children, and the methods of teaching must involve an understanding of how they learn.  Sharing, communication, and playground skills are among the most important skills learned.  Behavioral skills learned in early childhood education programs help children for a lifetime of solving social disputes and learning how to interact.  Learning to talk things out, take turns and not always getting one's own way, are critical life skills.  Activities like group games and story time interspersed with snack and nap time allow children to grow in a healthy structured environment. 

Desperate Need for Childcare

In today's economy, many children have to spend hours upon hours in daycare or with babysitters. Often the quality of childcare is lacking, and licensed care providers are few and far between. Many working parents cannot afford childcare for pre-school aged children, and the financial burden of raising a family in this era is horrendous.  Early childhood education eases this burden just a little while allowing young children to be in a safe and structured environment that provides their physical and learning needs.  

Necessity to Prepare for Kindergarten

It is estimated that 40-50 percent of children are not prepared to enter kindergarten.  The lack of preparedness, not knowing basics like the alphabet, numbers, and colors, puts a heavy strain on the entire kindergarten class and could potentially cause entire classrooms to fall behind. It takes a lot of time for teachers with large classrooms to help children catch up to where they should have been before entering kindergarten.  Young children need help developing language and literacy competency prior to attending school.  Children must be able to speak and understand clearly before starting kindergarten.  Early childhood programs have activities that help to develop speech and comprehension skills that would not be provided in a daycare setting.  

Enrolling your son or daughter in quality childcare programs is one of the most valuable things you can do for your child. Provide your child with the opportunities they need to grow and develop by enrolling them in the childcare programs from Tender Care Learning Centers. At every Tender Care Learning Center, our caring staff put your child’s education first, providing them with the tools and lessons they need to succeed in their education. Discover the difference that quality childcare can make for your child and enroll them in one of the programs from Tender Care Learning Centers today.  

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Tender Care Accreditations

Tender Care is a Pennsylvania and Connecticut state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.

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    Accreditation

    Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

  • Keystone/STARS

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    The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.