Research has shown children who attend preschool programs, quality childcare or early learning programs aren’t just learning socialization skills or becoming more familiar with numbers and words: they’re setting the stage for both academic and life success. The younger your child is exposed to the thrill of learning and discovery, the more curious and engaged they will be throughout their lives.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Social, emotional, behavioral and physical health: together, they form the foundation for your child’s development. Certainly, the importance of physical health is easy to understand. But a child’s mental health should also take priority. A report by Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child states, “the foundation for sound mental health is built early in life, as early experiences – which include children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers – shape the architecture of the developing brain.”
Physical activity is a key component of childhood development. Over the past three years, Transylvania Count Parks and Recreation has been working directly with the Early Childhood Initiative and Get Set Transylvania to develop new programs geared toward young children.
Families who may be facing challenging circumstances can find a variety of support through various organizations, agencies and businesses within Transylvania County.
Becoming a parent is the ultimate in on-the-job training. Luckily, Get Set Transylvania and its partners offer ways to develop effective parenting skills and tips that will help you deal with the challenges of parenthood and make the most of the important time you share with your children.