Educating our youngest and most vulnerable citizens – children and babies, is a lot more than exposure to math, sciences, and literacy. High quality early childhood education, like the programs at OCPT, provide a foundation in academics and cognitive development, as well as the “soft skills” needed for a well rounded, skilled workforce. “Soft skills” such as creative thinking and problem solving, communication, teamwork, adaptability and time management, are the personal assets that the business community requires to sustain a healthy economy. OCPT’s community-based work for over 48 years is built upon scientific research proving that the development of human capital needs to start when the brain is developing the fastest and is at its most malleable—that is, right at the beginning of life. Access The Brookings Institution short video about the global impact of Early Childhood Education by clicking here. To enjoy further literature in support of Early Childhood Development please click here.
When babies enter the world, everything is a learning opportunity. Every sight, sound, and stimuli provide experiences for growth and exploring. Orange Children & Parents Together educates children from birth to age 5 because we understand that these first five developmental years are essential in preparing children not just for kindergarten preparedness, but a lifetime of academic and personal success. Our kids come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and without high quality early childhood education programs like ours, they are more likely to enter school without important developmental skills and fall well behind their peers come third grade. At OCPT, we build on the strength of our parents as their child’s primary educator. James Heckman, the Nobel Laureate in Economics, acknowledges parenting as being just as important as income in forming a child’s cognitive abilities and scholastic personality. OCPT serves the child and whole family through our educational and family support services because we know that quality parenting and parental involvement are also key factors for student success. Enjoy learning more about other successful preschool programs like ours here.
The CEOs of Business Roundtable, who collectively manage $7.4 trillion in annual revenues and employ more than 16 million people in the United States, support high quality early childhood education programs. Edward B. Rust, Jr., Chairman & CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies, supports investing in programs like Orange Children & Parents Together, saying “It’s a simple choice: Pay now or pay more later.” This CEO, along with many others, understands that children involved in programs like OCPT are more likely to graduate from high school, decrease crime on the street, earn higher wages, and bolster the economy. The Business Roundtable encourages policy makers to expand and strengthen educational programs for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 2. Orange Children & Parents Together provides this kind of comprehensive learning model through our Early Head Start and Head Start Home Based learning programs for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3. Further reading of the Business Roundtable’s proposals for policy makers can be enjoyed here.
Can high quality early childhood education lower levels of obesity and hypertension in adults in their 30s? Can comprehensive kindergarten readiness programs like the kind provided by Orange Children & Parents Together lessen symptoms that lead to coronary heart disease in adults? According to acclaimed Nobel Laureate in Economics, Jack Heckman, the answer is a resounding YES! In analyzing a 40 year longitudinal study on the outcomes of early childhood education, Heckman and his team found impressive results in the adults who participated in quality early childhood education programs, like OCPT. The social, emotional, and cognitive development activities inherent in the curriculum at Orange Children & Parents Together, coupled with our programs in health, fitness, and family support services, all contribute to the positive outcomes that Heckman denotes in his findings. At Orange Children & Parents Together, our focus begins with kindergarten readiness, and as shown in the Heckman findings, the results and benefits are experienced well into adulthood and on a community-wide level. Enjoy more in depth analysis of Heckman’s research by clicking here for more information.
Orange Children & Parents Together embraces the whole child and family in providing high quality early childhood education. A recent report from California Head Start Association underscores the immediate and long term results OCPT has celebrated for nearly 50 years in education! The recent report is the result of a rigorous analysis of child assessment data from more than 49,467 children from 81 different Head Start programs across California. Results represent more than 50% of the entire California population. OCPT’s assessments demonstrate an even higher increase in development across all learning domains. The findings of the report highlight the following increases in age appropriate development for California children participating in high quality Head Start programs such as ours:
- 86% increase in English Language Development
- 39% increase in Math Development
- 38% increase in Self and Social Development
- 40% increase Language and Literacy Development
- 31% increase in Cognitive Development
- 13% increase in Physical Development
- 23% increase in Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Play is powerful – for children of course, and for the adults that children evolve into. Orange Children & Parents Together celebrates the whole child and includes varied types of play into the teaching and learning processes. Dr. Stuart Brown, trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, underscores the importance of play in positive socialization. Dr. Brown ranks play as important as good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, balanced mental health, and literacy. In studying over 6,000 “sleep histories,” Dr. Brown has proven that different kinds of play not only develops flexibility and cognitive strength in coping with stressful situations, but can also decrease signs of violence and bullying in children, teenagers, and adults. OCPT encourages our students to participate in diverse play-based activities that nurture a child’s ability to regulate their behavior, exercise problem solving skills, stimulate brain development, strengthen memory, establish trust and adaptability with peers and adults, and improve self confidence. For an engaging video on Dr. Brown’s research, please click here.