P-20 education http://michiganradio.org en Investing in early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/investing-early-childhood-education <p>When Governor Rick Snyder talks about education in the state, he doesn&rsquo;t talk in terms of K-12 but rather P-20 education. He describes it as pre-natal through post-graduate.</p><p><strong>Early education increasingly considered key to future success</strong></p><p>Susan Neuman is a Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Michigan. She served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2001-2003. (<a href="http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sbneuman/">You can read more about her work in early childhood development here.)</a></p><p>Neuman says she can measure an achievement gap between children as early as 9 months. She says&nbsp;birth through age&nbsp;three turns out to be pretty crucial for a child&rsquo;s future. &ldquo;This is when brain development is increasing at an enormous rate,&rdquo; Nueman said. <em>&ldquo;This is when language development is spurting this is when cognitive development and this is when our belief in ourselves is developing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Nueman says the best early childhood education programs are those that strengthen a parent&rsquo;s ability to become their child&rsquo;s best teacher in those first years of life. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:30:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5032 at http://michiganradio.org Investing in early childhood education