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Examine how early childhood education has evolved and its impact on cognitive development in early childhood.

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The following solution examines the evolution of early childhood education and its impact on cognitve development in early childhood.

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Early Childhood Education can be traced back to the mid 1800's with the development of a private Kindergaten in a home. It was not until the 1920's when in-depth studies of early childhood education began with Jean Piaget's work in defining stages of development. In the 1960's Head Start programs were developed with the help of Urie Bronfrenbrenner to prepare children for Kindergarten. The intention was to provide a quality education that would encourgae children's cognitive development by offering a low child to adult ratio with hands-on activities and professional teachers and support staff.

By the 1970's and particularly into the 1980's more women were began entering the workforce and there was a increase in single working parents. During that period early childhood classrooms (for children ages 2-5) were primarily places where children spent a half day 5 days a week and learned to socialize, paint, be read to and develop skills. As more extended day programs came to be increasingly researchers in early childhood education decided to further analyze what sort of learning takes place in these classrooms. That societal shift resulted in to increase in standards in early childhood education.

Generally when parents seek an early childhood eduaction program for their children they want full-day full year services because this type ...

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