Back in the late ‘80s, my wife and I cultivated our search for alternative education experiences for our children. From our search we were able to develop and design programs that fostered a culture of education. In implementing an integrated system of education and environment, we were able to help channel children towards actually loving learning and looking forward to their daily educational experience.

In founding the Brooklyn Preparatory School in New York City, we facilitated exposure to the arts, reading and writing, horseback riding, swimming, museum tours, and technology. When our students graduated, they had been so enriched that they read at a second- or third-grade level. Throughout the past 20 years, our students have scored in the 90th percentile on the Stanford Achievement Test Series.

There are some pre-K programs around the country that exist for any child regardless of family earnings or children’s performance. Currently, there are a few states that are trailblazing towards funding universal pre-K.

While there are eligible families who elect to send their preschoolers to pre-K, there remains the family that will either select alternative early childhood education or simply not send their preschoolers to any program or school.

Based on the results of a wide range of research studies, assertions have long been held that the most crucial years in a child’s development are the early years. It is widely accepted that these pivotal years are the key to success for our younger generations, as they are essential for achieving high-quality success in school and in strengthening a professional career. Even just a small amount of reading to youngsters between the ages of 3 and 4 stimulates the developing mind tremendously.

Instead of allowing our youth to indulge in vices that hold a socio-cultural acceptance such as eating an excess of sugary or fast foods, we must inculcate responsibility for certain actions. The path of behavioral correction must be traveled early on during those paramount years.

Parents might not always have the time to be there with their child 24/7 if they are working hard to provide for their families. However, for at-home parents — especially single parents — it is imperative that a “can-do” attitude exhibited for the child, because motivation is the icing on the cake for a young person’s learning.

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