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High quality early childhood education programs provide services to young children and their families to promote healthy social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

 

Research on early brain development supports the need for high quality early childhood education programs to ensure optimal development of brain architecture, success in school, in life and in society.

 

Schools participating in the Nonpublic Early Childhood Development Program must meet compliance with many national quality standards. These standards include having teachers certified in early childhood education, a developmentally appropriate curriculum, small class size (20 children maximum), an adult to child ratio of 1:10 (requiring a teacher assistant for more than 10 children in a class), and before - and after-school enrichment programs.