One of the first things my wife and I learned before our daughter was born is the importance of early childhood education. We know that, “the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age.” In fact, humans absorb the most amount of information in their entire life during our early childhood. There is no other period in our life more ripe for learning than our early childhood years.
California is looking to pass multiple bills (27 to be exact) that offer funding for low-income children. It is important to emphasize that a significant number of bills target funding for low-income children. This is justified considering that, “Low-income children pay the steepest price. By age 3, they’ve heard 30 million fewer words than higher-income kids. By age 5, they’ve made 1,300 fewer visits to libraries and museums. By the first day of kindergarten, they can be up to two years behind in language development.”
My wife and I could not afford early childhood education for our daughter. The cost of early childhood education averaged out to about $2,000/month. That was a little over twice as much as my total monthly income. Fortunately, we received financial aid through my wife’s university that helped us enroll our daughter in a reputable early childhood education center. She attended this center from age 2 through age 5. The curriculum was play-based, which felt right to my wife and I as we wanted our daughter to focus on her social skills during this time. We would not have been able to enroll our daughter at this school without the financial aid that we received.
Our daughter just finished first grade, but she is reading books at the
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