Please find below a curated list of 75 of The Best Early Childhood Quotes by notable women and men. Please consider sharing with others any of the Early Childhood Quotes that resonate.
In Burma, we need to improve education in the country – not only primary education, but secondary and tertiary education. Our education system is very very bad. But, of course, if you look at primary education, we have to think in terms of early childhood development that’s going back to before the child is born – making sure the mother is well nourished and the child is properly nurtured.
I have the students for six hours a day. The community has them for 18 hours, plus prenatal and early childhood. I don’t believe the schools create (the achievement gap), but our responsibility is not to add to it. We won’t eliminate the gap until the community makes education a priority, but the schools can’t wait for the community to do its part.
And when it comes to developing the high standards we need, it’s time to stop working against our teachers and start working with them. Teachers don’t go in to education to get rich. They don’t go in to education because they don’t believe in their children. They want their children to succeed, but we’ve got to give them the tools. Invest in early childhood education. Invest in our teachers and our children will succeed.
We do not put enough emphasis on early childhood years. We neglect children in this society; as a society we’re guilty of child neglect. If we could eliminate the vestiges of racism, if we could develop a more powerful agenda for child care, child development, and a more powerful education system, we could prevent a lot of the incapacities which in turn tend to generate structural unemployment.
Higher minimum wages, full-employment programs, early-childhood education: Those kinds of programs are, by design, universal, but by definition, because they are helping folks who are in the worst economic situations, are most likely to disproportionately impact and benefit African Americans. They also have the benefit of being sellable to a majority of the body politic.
If the goal is to dramatically improve college completion rates, not college-going rates by itself but college completion, it’s not just a college problem. We need a big focus on early childhood education. Our early childhood education system is pretty good in this country. Not enough students have opportunity. And, very discouragingly, they lose their advantage because they go to poor schools after that. So, let’s focus on our babies.
Imagine if you had genuine, high-quality early-childhood education for every child, and suddenly every black child in America – but also every poor white child or Latino [child], but just stick with every black child in America – is getting a really good education. And they’re graduating from high school at the same rates that whites are, and they are going to college at the same rates that whites are, and they are able to afford college at the same rates because the government has universal programs. So now they’re all graduating.
I certainly don’t think it’s inevitable that we don’t love children who don’t carry our own DNA. If that were true we wouldn’t have millions of successful adoptions to consider. I do think that it’s harder to love a child when you come into that child’s life after the unrequited passion of infancy and early childhood has passed.
In early childhood, children develop a set of symbols that ‘stand for’ things they see in the world around them… Children are happy with symbolic drawing until about the age of eight or nine… when children develop a passion for realism. Our schools do not provide drawing instruction. Children try on their own to discover the secrets of realistic drawing, but nearly always fail and, sadly, give up on trying.
Quintilian [educational writer in Rome around A.D. 100] thought that the earliest years of the child’s life were crucial. Education should start earlier than age seven, within the family. It should not be so hard as to give the child an aversion to learning. Rather, these early lessons would take the form of play–that embryonic notion of kindergarten.
When 85% of the kids in America don’t have one meal with their family, just imagine what that means. Just imagine, life is like a run-on sentence, you never pause. You’re always grabbing something. You’re eating in front of the television. You’re out grazing with your friends, and you’re learning and digesting the values of the fast-food culture. And that’s what I really believe is destroying this world. We’ve been indoctrinated from early childhood that more is better.
Never, in all my early childhood, did anyone address to me the affecting preamble: ‘Once upon a time!’ … I can but think that my parents were in error thus to exclude the imaginary from my outlook upon facts. They desired to make me truthful; the tendency was to make me positive and sceptical. Had they wrapped me in the soft folds of supernatural fancy, my mind might have been longer content to follow their traditions in an unquestioning spirit.