Summer isn’t even in full swing and I am already looking to the future and thinking about back to school. I may fully embrace the freewheeling lazy days of summer but my mind is always working—always focused on the next step and how to be prepared for it. Gemma is going to start Kindergarten in the fall and even though I am nervous, I know she will be prepared because I have been diligent about making sure her early education—her foundation—is strong.
I remember always thinking that high school was the most important time because it sets you up for college and life…but ever since becoming a mom I have changed my tune. Of course, higher education is important but when you build a house you don’t start with the roof, do you? It is so important to start with high-quality early education so that kids have a strong foundation to build on. Children who attend dynamic quality daycare centers are starting kindergarten prepared and that early education can lead to a more successful future because kids are more likely to pursue higher education and strive for greatness.
For working parents the decision to enroll children in daycare is difficult and oftentimes women take a step back from their careers to focus primarily on childcare. For me, in the beginning I figured if I was home with my kids I wouldn’t have to worry about classes or early childhood education centers because I’d be there to do it. Newsflash: I don’t have a background in early childhood education.
Everything in life can be traced back to the early years and since 70% of brain development happens within the first three years of life it is important to give our children the highest quality early education they need to succeed in the future. I saw a change in Ryder after our first mom/baby class and I realized then how important early education would be for our entire family. Daycare is essential for working parents but it can also take the pressure off stay-at-home parents who don’t know where to begin with developmental milestones or how to teach their kids.
I know it sounds overwhelming to get kids involved in a million classes and activities when they are just babies but it is so important to stimulate kids to help them grow and flourish. I truly believe in an even balance for children—the intellectual, emotional and physical should all develop in tandem and this should start early on. Childcare, especially in cities like New York, can be so daunting but luckily, KinderCare
has all of the elements you need for an enriching and high-quality daycare under one roof…plus they focus on developing literacy, STEM and creative expression.