Why is Early Education Important?
Babies are born with their brains ready and waiting to build up a series of "connections" as they learn and experience life. This building of connections in the brain continues throughout life, but researchers have discovered a fascinating piece of new information. The human brain grows fastest when we are very young. By the age of five, a child's brains is at 90 percent of its potential growth. A huge amount of brain building has taken place in just a few short years!
Research has shown that very young children have an enormous capacity for learning and understanding. Early education experts indicate nurturing a youngster's enormous capacity for learning and understanding can help a child to be better prepared socially, emotionally and academically for school when introduced to a structured learning environment early on.
Osborne Abbey, vice president of education for Nobel Learning Communities, said by offering children as young as six months an educational and nurturing environment, parents are allowing their children every chance to develop by design, rather than chance, skills necessary for success. "While safe and loving environments are of utmost concern for parents looking for child care, it is equally important for children to be exposed to an appropriate learning environment during their formative years. The goal is to put in place the right skills--problem solving, conflict resolution, self-confidence and self-reliance--and to reinforce those skills as the children develop."
High quality education in these early years makes a huge difference as babies become toddlers and then preschoolers. Children who receive better early education are more likely to succeed in both school and in life. Early education creates connections in the brain that are important for growth and socialization.
The Benefits of Early Education
Preschool California cites scores of studies that tout the benefits of early education.
- More likely to graduate from high school and attend college.
- Like likely to be placed in special education classes or be held back a grade.
- Less likely to need public assistance as adults.
- Less likely to be arrested, involved in drugs or crime, or incarcerated.
- More likely to be employed.
- More likely to earn a higher income.
- More likely to lead healthy lives.
Benefits of Accelerated Learning
Accelerated Learning methodologies were developed because we live in a world where the ability to absorb information rapidly, to think logically and creatively are now becoming important skills everyone should have. There are many benefits to Accelerated Learning:
The Power of the Brain
- Innovative approach to motivate learners to use multiple intelligence techniques.
- Make learning easy and quicker, and you retain more.
- We each have more than one learning style.
- See, Hear, Say and Do – retention is 90% compared to 20%.
Old Brain Theories
New Brain Theories
1. The brain develops based on the genes we are born with.
1. A brain develops based on the genes we are born with and the experiences we have.
2. The experiences one has at a young age have little or no impact on the development.
2. Early experiences play a very important and decisive role on the brain architecture and nature and extent of adult capacities.
3. A secure relationship with a primary caregiver creates a favorable context for early childhood, development and learning.
3. Early interactions create context and most importantly affect the way the brain is wired.
4. Brain development is linear and the brain’s capacity to learn and change grows steadily as the infant progress towards adulthood.
4. Brain development is non-linear and there are specific prime times for acquiring different kinds of knowledge and skills, and 0-6 years old being one of the most critical years of development.
5. A toddler’s brain is much less active than the brain of a college student.
5. By the time a child reaches the age of 3, their brain is 2X active as those of adults and activity drops during adolescence.
At birth children have most of the brain cells, or neurons, they will need for a lifetime of learning, but these brain cells are not yet linked with the complex networks that are needed for mature thought processes to take place. In the early years, young child's brain cells form connections--synapses--very rapidly.
What causes brain cells to form connections? Genes control some of the process, but experience is also a crucial ingredient. Every time a caregiver, an educator or a parent interacts with an infant or toddler, connections are formed. Positive interactions with nurturing caregivers-like the attention children receive when they are read to--profoundly stimulate young brains. This stimulation causes new connections to form neural pathways (we might think of as "learning pathways") and strengthens existing ones.
Important Brain Facts
- Most of the brain's cells are formed before birth, but most of the connections among cells are made during infancy and early childhood.
- Early experience and interaction with the environment are most critical in a child's brain development.
- 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.
- Talking to young children establishes foundations for learning language during early critical periods when learning is easiest for a child.
- What children need most is loving care and new experiences, not special attention or costly toys. Talking, singing, playing and reading are some of the key activities that build a child's brain.
Importance of Teaching Public Speaking & Reading to Young Kids
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” – Jesse Jackson
Prior to launching The Lil’ Genius Kid ™ Franchise, our founder Rennu Dhillon has spent the last 25 years involved in several various business ventures and fields. She has successfully managed other franchises, a dating and matrimonial service and a recruiting and placement company. One of the most common factors she encountered was that adults lacked confidence and the courage to take the lead. As a society we place a lot of emphasis on formal education, however do not value the importance of instilling critical life skills such as public speaking, communication and confidence. Overcoming nervousness and fear of speaking in public is difficult to overcome once you are an adult. This led her to develop the unique accelerated learning concept of Genius Kids presented in a fun, non stressful environment which incorporated the academics with public speaking as a daily ritual in class.
Her findings and experience have led her to believe that early education is critical. The window of opportunity for development is between the ages of 0-6 years old, the crucial period where children learn the fundamental pillars to allow them to be successful in their future educational and professional pursuits. Her extensive research and curriculum has included the work of Dr. Deepak Chopra (The Power of the Mind over Body) and Colin Rose (Accelerated Learning).
Using her extensive business experience, knowledge and research, Dhillon has created a business system designed to provide a “blueprint for excellence”; The Lil’ Genius Kid ® Franchise. The flourishing children’s market Is expected to remain strong. In fact since 2008, kid’s franchises collectively grew by almost 700 in the US.
According to the National Economic Impact of the Child Care Sector study, sponsored by The National Child Care Association, "By the year 2010 upwards of 85 percent of the labor force will consist of parents, and the number of working women will exceed working men." This same survey stated that by that same year, "the U.S. is expected to add another 1.2 million children aged four and under, a 6% increase." The results of this study along with the statistics from other studies supports the childcare industry as continuing to be a thriving and growing industry.
Key Childcare Statistics
"The world is filled with opportunities just waiting to be found by the energetic and intelligent person who is seeking".
- $38 Billion Industry
- Children 5 years and under expect to grow, a 6% increase
- 65% revenue from children facilities
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