early childhood timeline

Events

John Locke

1632 - 1704

He was known as one of the most influential thinkers. He said that teachers make children because children do what they are taught. Children can be molded and shaped by their experiences in life.

John Amos Comenius was the first to recognize that the play of childhood was learning, produced the first children's picture book, "The World Illustrated".

1658

Jean-Jacques Rousseau stated that a child's mode of thinking is different than an adult and they learn though hands-on experience.

1762

Johann Pestalozzi established preschool

1801

Friedrich Froebel began "Children's Garden"/Kindergarten

1837

The Nursery School for Children of Poor Women was opened in cooperation with Children's Hospital of New York City.

1854

First public school kindergarten started in St. Louis.

1873

Hull House, a settlement house for immigrants, establishes a day nursery.

1898

Maria Montesorri opens the Children's House in Rome.

1907

National Association for the Education of Young Children is founded. Now over 100,000 members and 400 affiliates.

1926