Children who grow up in poverty face disadvantages that hamper healthy development. A gap in early vocabulary development between children in poverty and their higher-income peers is evident as early as 18 months of age. Research shows that these differences have a lasting effect on a child’s academic success later in life.
Children who get the right supports in their earliest years are more likely to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. This can start much earlier than kindergarten or even what is traditionally defined as preschool. Educare programming begins when children are infants by providing cuddles, feedings, naps, activities, etc.
The Educare Model is based on research from early childhood development, education, social work and other allied fields. Explore and learn more about this research here.