Early Childhood experiences have a positive effect on academic achievement and on children’s social adjustment. Research from the National Dropout Center shows that students who had early schooling experiences were much more likely to be employed, fewer were on welfare, and fewer were involved with the criminal justice system.
Best practices in early childhood education are identified as Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP). DAP is age, individually, and culturally appropriate. The most important component is a caring classroom. Its extremely important to intervene early with students and early intervention effects include lower rates of retention, higher levels of academic achievement, fewer special education services, and a stronger commitment to graduating from high school. Children who participate in these programs build confidence, competence and skills.
PDE Early Learning Standards - Pre-K - Grade 2