Times Are ChangingAre Day Care Centers Truly Necessary For The Social And Neurological Development Of Your Growing Child?


Infant stimulation

It’s no secret that the birth-to-three period is the fastest rate of brain development across the entire human life span. In order to make sure your toddlers are developing at the proper social and emotional rate, it’s important to get them involved in a day care center at an appropriate age.

New advances in neural development show that children’s brains grow and develop 85 percent of their full capacity by the time they are 5 years old. In those first few years of life the very architecture of the brain is determined by the child’s environment. Day care centers not only allow for the stimulation of brain and neurological development, but they do so while allowing kids to simply be kids. When parents consider the fact that 25% of at-risk children are more likely to drop out of high school if they do not get a quality preschool education, according to the Ounce of Prevention Fund. They?re also 40% more likely to be a teen parent, 60% more likely not to go to college, and 70% more likely to be arrested for committing a violent crime. These statistics indicate the underlying and fundamental importance of staying proactive and aware of your child’s social and education needs.

When it comes down to it, the facts speak for themselves. Almost one-quarter (23.4 percent) of children under the age of five are in some form of organized child care arrangement, which includes day care centers, nurseries, and preschools, which means these institutions clearly have some level of underlying effectiveness in ensuring that children get the neurological stimulation that leads to development that they need to stay healthy and mentally active.

Ultimately, it seems as though day care centers are here to stay. Aside from the benefits they provide to children, they’re also imperative for most working adults in order to return to their typical work life balance after parental leave. For more information about how toddlers grow and neurologically develop, contact a professional.