In the early stages of a child’s life, a newborn’s brain produces more than one million neural connections every second. During this important period, a child will begin to explore and interact with the world around them, making this a critical moment for early cognitive development. In fact, according to the University of Washington, by the age of two years old, the brain is about 80 percent the size of an adult-sized brain. As you can see, the early stages of childhood development can significantly impact how your little one grows into a functioning adult. That’s why, in today’s article, we will be talking briefly about how our Pre-K program is designed to help your child develop emotionally, cognitively, and socially.

At Valley Learning Centers, we are the top child care and learning center facility in Arizona with locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Surprise, Chandler, and many other areas. With more than 50 years of continued success in serving Arizona’s many communities, we possess the proven tools, curriculum, and friendly staff to ensure that your little one is receiving the attention and care that they deserve. To learn more about how our Pre-K program is designed to offer your child the most in early education, continue reading more below.

Positive Interactions With Peers

From the time that a child begins to interface with the world around them, they will continue to form connections in the brain that will shape them into unique individuals over the course of a lifetime. As such, it is important that your kiddo is able to be part of positive experiences while surrounded by his or her peers. Valley Learning Centers works hard to provide all children with a safe and secure environment where they can grow and develop amongst their peers. With activities such as group time, sharing time, outdoor play, and group art activities, your little one will be put in the best possible position to grow and succeed during their early childhood years.

Quality Child-Teacher Communication

Offering the level of engagement necessary to ensure that your child develops in a positive manner is important both at home and at your little one’s child care or learning center of choice. Children are extremely impressionable and react and respond to the world around them based on the interactions they experience with other individuals. That’s why, at Valley Learning Centers, we allow all children to engage with their teachers and peers, and work to be responsive in identifying and addressing your children’s needs so that they can continue to grow into functioning and well-adapted individuals. Our countless classroom activities like circle time, music classes, and small group time are just a few of the many opportunities that your little one will have to actively engage with his or her teachers and peers.

One of the most important reasons why you should consider placing your child in a high-quality learning center is that it will better prepare them for entering kindergarten and the years that follow. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, it was found that “those who had some preschool experience the year before kindergarten at a child care center or a home-based program with a non-relative did better on math and reading assessments than the 15 percent who were cared for by a relative and the 21 percent who were at home with parents.” This data suggests clearly that placing your child into a qualified Pre-K program can do wonders for his or her cognitive development, making their later years less challenging than they would have been otherwise.

We hope that you enjoyed part one of our two-part series on the importance of enrolling your little one into a Pre-K program. During part two, we will be looking at a few more ways that Valley Learning Center can help your youngster grow in an environment where they are able to foster new relationships while developing their cognitive abilities. If you are located in Arizona, and would like to learn more about any of our toddler programs, Pre-K classes, or child care services, visit our website or contact our friendly team of professionals today at Valley Learning Centers. We look forward to speaking with you!