In celebration of Week of the Young Child, we wanted to take the opportunity to also celebrate our early education center staff who make a difference in the lives of so many young children. Metropolitan’s early childhood education centers serve children of families meeting federal poverty guidelines. These children are reported to be within 92% to 99% of the national normative data for literacy, social/emotional, mathematics and cognitive development. As passionate advocates for early education, staff from our centers told us the valuable lessons they have shared with children as they learn and grow.
Staff were asked, “What is the most valuable lesson you’ve shared with a child?”
“The most valuable lesson I’ve shared with a child is how to believe in themselves. I have found that self-confidence will greatly influence one’s academic success, so having it will allow children to open up in class. As educators, we must strive to make our classrooms a welcoming environment with ample encouragement to help them on their path.”
Adriana Kinsler, Pre-School Teacher | North Children’s Center
“The most important lesson I can share with a child is that all children are capable and beautiful.”
Pamela Gabb, Infant/Toddler Teacher | Learning & Wellness Center
“I believe the most valuable lesson one can share with a child is to do your best. It’s all that you can do. Do it because you can, not because someone is watching.”
Lanika Bates, Pre-School Teacher | Learning & Wellness Center
”I think that one major valuable lesson that I have shared is how to make sense of the world around them. There are so many questions to be answered, and I try very hard to find new ways for children to individually find answers to their questions through exploration. Through exploring the surroundings that are interactive to one’s own being on earth. So I try to guide a child’s life’s long learning process through effective teaching that’s interesting, motivating and meaningful. There’s another lesson that I have shared and that is learning can be hard, learning new things can be hard to understand at first but if you let someone help you, guide you, learning becomes fun and enjoyable.”
Linda Schmidt, Pre-School Teacher | Midway Children’s Center
Did you benefit from early childhood education? What did you learn? Whether you were a child, parent or mentor, share your insights on the importance of educating children with us in the comments below.