What parents need to know, need to do, in the first five years, is talk, experts say. By kindergarten, much of who youngsters will grow up to be is decided, neurologically speaking, making the preschool years the key to success.
There’s a new playmate in the group. Only 14 months old, Aziel says little and stays shyly in the background. But the other kids have adopted him and on this day he happily sits in a stroller, propelled around the backyard by 3-year-old Stephan.
Skylights beam down on the low-slung architecture of this room designed for little ones. At one end, babies nap in cribs or rock in laps. Their cribs share half-wall space with a wooden kitchen, bright plastic pans ready for the toddlers of neighboring classroom 2. Art supplies and easels stock the next space, welcoming 3- or nearly 3-year-olds to create, or enjoy a picture book.
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Four-year-old Mila Lapeña decorated a paper, her letter for the post office that served as the week’s theme. Mom Melissa Lapeña sat near her, chatting with the kids at her table about their drawings, making sure finished creations went to the right cubby.