Why Early Education Matters

Did you know that during the short period between birth and five years old, a child’s brain creates over a million neural connections every second?

It’s a time of exploration and learning, so it’s vital to nurture a love of learning and build a foundation for their future academic, artistic, and athletic skills. In Downey Unified, we create an environment that encourages growth and development because we know it can have a big impact on their future success and happiness.

 

kids in early learning

90% of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5.*

Sparking a lifelong passion for learning

For our youngest learners, it’s not about being a high performer in math, reading or even sports! At this age, our main goal is to instill a love for learning in our students. We want them to discover the joy of new activities, experiences and facts. Here, mistakes are just opportunities to learn something new. Our Learn-Through-Play model develops students’ skills in a variety of areas through fun activities and games. Building positive memories with learning sets our students up for success as they move into a traditional school setting and beyond.

more prepared

Improved School Readiness

Children who participate in early childhood education programs are more prepared for Kindergarten and beyond.

Socialization

Developing Social Skills

Early education offers children opportunities to interact with peers and adults, fostering social skills such as cooperation, communication, and empathy.

More likely to graduate

More Likely to Graduate

Children who receive early education are more likely to graduate from high school than children who do not take part in early education programs.

Higher Incomes

Higher Incomes

Long term benefits of early education include higher incomes compared to those who do not participate in an early education program.

Sparking a lifelong passion for learning

For our youngest learners, it’s not about being a high performer in math, reading or even sports! At this age, our main goal is to instill a love for learning in our students. We want them to discover the joy of new activities, experiences and facts. Here, mistakes are just opportunities to learn something new. Our Learn-Through-Play model develops students’ skills in a variety of areas through fun activities and games. Building positive memories with learning sets our students up for success as they move into a traditional school setting and beyond.

more prepared

Improved School Readiness

Children who participate in early childhood education programs are more prepared for Kindergarten and beyond.

Socialization

Developing Social Skills

Early education offers children opportunities to interact with peers and adults, fostering social skills such as cooperation, communication, and empathy.

More likely to graduate

More Likely to Graduate

Children who receive early education are more likely to graduate from high school than children who do not take part in early education programs.

Higher Incomes

Higher Incomes

Long term benefits of early education include higher incomes compared to those who do not participate in an early education program.

Downey Unified offers exemplary early education programs

We have several options for children between 3 and 5 years of age, including our dual language immersion program, G.L.A.D. 

Leap 

Downey Unified provides a fee-based Leap program for three-year-olds to start their educational journey. Leap aims to help our youngest learners learn through play, socialize with peers, and lay a strong foundation for their future.
web.dusd.net/leap

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

TK students benefit from an additional year of school, learning essential pre-literacy and pre-math skills and developing social and self-regulation skills that prepare them to thrive in Kindergarten.
web.dusd.net/kinder

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students learn letters, sounds, and are introduced to reading and basic math. Downey Unified kindergarteners learn problem-solving and explore the world around them, sparking their curiosity and desire to learn more.
web.dusd.net/kinder

Dual Language Immersion

Introduce your child to a second language with our Global Language Academies of Downey (G.L.A.D.) program. This will enhance their reasoning skills, self-esteem, and respect for diverse cultures.
web.dusd.net/glad
Two young students working on motor skills
Student working with Play-Doh
Two young kindergarten students at a light table
Students with large bubbles
Young students working on iPads
Little girl making shapes out of Play-doh

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*Bipartisan Policy Center. (2021). The Science of Early Childhood Development. [Report]. Retrieved from https://bipartisanpolicy.org/download/?file=/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/C.-1-The-Science-of-Early-Childhood.pdf