Currently, many parents are unaware of how children need targeted skill development to prevent developmental delays. In fact, did you know that in recent years, early intervention has become a common strategy in preschools and childcare centers as a way to provide children with services to meet specific developmental milestones? Skill development is important from as young as 19 months to promote socio-emotional skills, cognitive skills and physical development.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 6 children in the United States, or 17%, has at least one developmental delay. For years, educators and behavioral specialists have emphasized the importance of taking prompt action upon observing any signs of delayed development in children under the age of three. A recent study led by Robert Ammerman,
Ph.D., and his team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was published on October 16, 2023, in JAMA Pediatrics, a well-respected international peer-reviewed journal found that children exhibited elevated behavioral problems early on, emphasizing the importance of Early Intervention instead of waiting until the child is older.1
This research underscores the importance of identifying and addressing behavioral issues in children as early as possible. An alarming number of parents are unaware that Early Intervention services are provided by the State until the child turns three if parents and pediatricians notice any developmental delays.
Earlier the Better
At Cedar Hill Prep, we not only understand the developmental milestones for children by age but also that every child is different and their learning abilities are unique. Our small class sizes enable teachers to individualize instruction based on a child’s needs. By using the Creative Curriculum, which is backed by research-based practices, educators at CHP not only harness students’ love for learning but also tailor their instructional goals with clear objectives that have measurable indicators of developmental growth.
As part of our preschool program’s commitment to early childhood development, we have adopted the Creative Curriculum to align with the overall mission of CHP. The curriculum emphasizes four key areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. By focusing on these areas, we aim to promote independence and self-control, enhance motor skills, develop critical thinking, and improve language development. Our teachers provide explicit instruction and opportunities for oral language practice to help children learn how to communicate effectively with others. In addition, we give significant importance to letter and number recognition, phonetics, and phonemic awareness to ensure a well-rounded educational experience. At CHP, we believe children learn best by doing, an ideology that aligns with the fundamentals of the Creative Curriculum. With a comprehensive curriculum such as this, parents are more likely to notice a transformation in their child’s learning abilities as well as overall development.
To find out more about how our students benefit from the unique preschool program, visit our website or contact admissions to book a tour of our school!