THE IMPORTANCE of early learning
A growing body of evidence shows that early learning experiences are linked with later school achievement, emotional and social well-being and reduced incidences of juvenile delinquency, and that these outcomes are all factors associated with later adult productivity. Literacy development must start early in life to ensure school success. Learning to read and write starts long before first grade and has long-lasting effects. The more limited a child’s experiences with language and literacy the more likely he or she will have difficulty learning to read. Children who fall behind in oral language and literacy
development in the years before formal schooling are less likely to be successful beginning readers and their achievement lag is likely to persist throughout the primary grades and beyond.
Source: Preschool Policy Brief, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University, April 2006.
Infographic – Importance of the Early Years