April 30, 2014 03:53 by Kristi
“People always want to see the future. Well I see the future every day.”
That’s how Ms. Kelly, a teacher of 3 year olds at O2B Kids Alachua, describes her job. And she’s right! Not only does she see it, she shapes it. Now that’s power! Each day Kelly, and so many other early childhood educators like her, invest in the lives of children, which means they are investing in the future for all of us. Teaching curiosity, creativity, problem solving, and literacy means our children will have the skills they need to be responsible grown-ups and the future’s leaders.
Kelly’s prediction for the future? The class of 2029 will be awesome! The 3 year olds that she works with every day consistently impress her. They are bright, engaging, and eager to grow.
But not every child is in Ms. Kelly’s class. What about all of the other 3 year olds out there? Research tells us that 30% of kids entering kindergarten are not ready to learn. 30% of children in 3rd grade read below grade level. 30% of children do not graduate from High School. That’s not a coincidence. The problem begins before school starts, and that means the solution starts there too. We need to get more kids into quality early childhood education centers, we need to make sure parents have the resources they need, we need to make sure our kids are healthy, we need to encourage curiosity and creativity – the building blocks for literacy.
Let’s not wait for Superman. Let’s encourage more people to be Superman, like Kelly, and work hard to get the class of 2029 ready… for our future.