Educators have long known that parental interest and involvement in preschool learning has tremendous advantages in preparing children for the rigors of the classroom. Now, scientists who research the brain are giving credence to that claim. Recent neurological research reveals that the foundations for the development of the brain and its capacity for future learning are laid down in a child’s early years.
Early experiences in the home and school interact with genes to shape the quality of the brain’s structures, which support both cognitive and social skill development. Scientists now believe that later skills important in schooling and employment build cumulatively upon the foundation of these early structures. Governor Mifflin is dedicated to helping parents understand the importance of quality early childhood experiences in the home and community and providing the educational resources for parent involvement.
Read more about the research:
Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children
A joint position statement of the International Reading Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children