Parents again have to be educated to know that they are a part of the learning process and retention is going to be poor because concepts and information have to be reinforced at the home environment in order to ensure retention. In Latino children, these choices being made, whether for convenience, over protectiveness or lack of information, directly affect their development and social skills and put them behind when compared to other kindergartners their age (Rivera, 2008). It is important for a parent to be directly involved in their child’s growth and development, but they must also receive information from educators that encourages the importance of a structured learning environment that allows children to face challenges to help them thrive both academically and developmentally. The questions being answered with this information is why parent involvement at home is so important for the overall quality early care Environment.
Miquela Rivera (2008) supports the importance of early childcare programs by providing program essentials that she called “Straight A’s” that she felt were essential for a successful quality childcare center. They are Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, Accountability, Credibility, Advocacy and Aspirational. This quote supports the questions what makes quality care important. Miquela Rivera (2008), clinical psychologist who works within the Latino community, observed, in her article that parents often times limit their child’s intellectual growth and academic achievement by not stressing the importance of continuing the learning conducted within the early childcare programs into the home environment. They base this information on the premise that “they are just kids” and they will learn when they attend school, preventing them from experiencing social challenges outside of family. Parents often place much of the weight for learning on early childcare programs.
Parents must realize they play a significant role in that learning process as an extension, and must take responsibility to continue learning into the home environment from the early childcare program. Parents again have to be educated to know that they are a part of the learning process and retention is going to be poor because concepts and information have to be reinforced at the home environment in order to ensure retention.
Rivera, M. (2008). The Importance of Quality Early Childhood Education. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, 18, 13-15. Retrieved from: www.eddigest.com