Children 's Academic And Social Competencies

1549 WordsApr 23, 20177 Pages
When every child has the chance to meet his or her full potential, families, communities, and the economic future of the United States is reinforced. Surprisingly, one in four children in the United States living in low-income households enters kindergarten not equipped to learn and, as a result, fall behind from the start. “Children 's academic and social competencies at kindergarten entry are important predictors of success throughout school; children who enter school not ready to learn struggle with academic difficulties and [can] manifest social and behavior problems in later school years” (Duncan et al., 2007; Ladd, 2006). “When a young child enters kindergarten ready for school, there is an 82 percent chance that child will…show more content…
“Children with early developmental delays are at heightened risk for behavior problems and co-morbid psychopathology [; relating to more than one disorder or disease occurring at the same time]” (Gerstein, E. al, 2011). America greatly under-invest in early childhood education and, like so many political battles these days, the disparity between bipartisan support for preschool education programs and cutting thousands of kids from programs, such as, Head Start, Early Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant programs (CCDBG) defies reason and common sense. There are those within our current political leadership that feel it should be left up to each individual state, as to how they want to distribute educational subsidies, leaving lower socioeconomic communities concerned with budget cuts and where they will be getting their funding from to educate their children; sending these neighborhoods in panic to find financial support elsewhere and without delay. These programs and other programs similar are in jeopardy of not receiving adequate backing as it will be left to each state to decide the importance of early childhood education and early intervention. Former secretaries of education, Arne Duncan and John King, had integrated early learning as a significant undertaking in their visions for the Department of Education.
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