Early Childhood Education History


Importance of Play


Plato saw play and games as an important part of children's nature and upbringing. He saw a connection with children's play and their later roles in life. This was important because child learn through play. Play lets children build with blocks, or pretend to be a cook, through play they learn and understand.

Martin Luther

1483 - 1546

Martin Luther advocated and establishing schools to teach children how to read. This is important because reading is a way to communicate.

Jean Jacques Rousseau


Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau states that a child's mode of thinking is different than an adult and they learn through hands-on experience. This is important because with this information we can help children grow and understand them better.

Friedrich Frobel


Froebel laid the foundation for modern education based on the realization that children have unique needs and capabilities. Using this knowledge, he created the concept of Kindergarten. This is important because kindergarten is a place that accommodates to those unique needs and capabilities through the work of teaching and learning.

John Dewey


John Dewey created curriculum based on children's interests. Also thought educated children for today-not tomorrow. This is important because children will learn and understand better when it's a subject they are interested in.

Naeyc Founded


The National Association for the Education of Young Children is founded. This is important because they promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Social Learning Theory


Albert Bandura developed the social learning theory and that behaviors can be learned through observation and modeling. This is important because whatever children see, they will do. This information shows that we need to show positive and educational observation to children.

Head Start Program


Head Start Programs were launched in the 1965 for low-income children.
This is important because children in low income have a chance to education.

National Association For Family Child Care


The National Association For Family Child Care is established. The mission of NAFCC is to promote quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. This organization is important because they want to see a growth is quality care. Quality care should be expected out of every child care facility because children deserve individualize and their basic needs meet.

No Child Left Behind Act


The No Child Left Behind Act bill is passed.This is important because it makes schools accountable for their teaching efforts. They have to ensure that all children are getting the individualize their need.



Campaign Launched to Avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Child Care Settings. This campaign is important because it shows you ways to prevent SIDS like having the baby sleep on their back, or not to sleep in the bed with parents, or don’t let baby get overheated.

Must be certificated in Shaken Baby Syndrome


Any licensee, provider, employee, or substitute who provides care and supervision to children under age 5 must receive training in Shaken Baby Syndrome and be certificated. This is important because the person who is handling someone under 5 knows what to do when they get stressed because the baby won’t stop crying.