Over the past several years, our society has learned that the years from birth to age six are critical for laying a foundation of success for a child’s future. The quality of care that children receive during this time period affects their school readiness and success, impacting them for a lifetime. Whether at home or in child care, our children need to have positive experiences that allow them to play and learn in supportive environments. Fortunately, we have learned a great deal about what it takes to provide a child with a quality early care and education experience.
Research has demonstrated that the quality of care and education that a child receives in the early years can determine whether he or she will travel a path of prosperity or one of poverty. Studies show children who receive high-quality care are more likely to be employed, have higher graduation rates, larger median incomes and lower arrest records than children with no early childhood instruction. These results demonstrate that high-quality early education promotes school readiness and allows children to become more productive adults.
To see firsthand what enrollment in a quality program can mean to a child, watch this short but powerful video clip from Pre-K Now. It follows five children, including one learning English, throughout the school year and demonstrates the positive impact of high-quality Pre-K.
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children’s infant Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) is an interactive way for families to se the right course for their children’s success. in kindergarten and beyond. Visit www.papromiseforchildren.com and click on the logo.
If you are looking for childcare for your child(ren), visit our Quality ECE Programs page for information on child care providers in Bucks County and beyond. There is also information on child care subsidy if you are having trouble with paying for care.
Below are some other helpful links and resources designed to support families and caregivers with young children.
To learn more about early childhood education in Bucks County, read our ECE Profile. It explains some demographics of our area and gives an overview of how programs like Keystone STARS are serving the children of our community. Visit Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children web site http://paprom.convio.net/stars10 and read about the importance of Keystone STARS to some of our children and their families. To learn if your family is eligible for PA Pre-K Counts, click here to read the brochure.