"The state of Texas invested a great deal of information in early childhood resources and they created a council called early learning council for Texas," explains Amarillo College's Education and Child Development Chair Mary Clare Munger.
Experts say setting children up for success at an early age is a major stepping stone to helping them reach their full potential later in life.
"Eighty percent of your brain development is done before you're four. It doesn't mean that you've learned 80% of everything you're going to know. It means that the way you're brain is growing so fast and it categorizes new information as a child grows, and when you have lots of information and you're parents are talking to you about it you grow a system for new knowledge and categorizing and know what fits where and how it's connected to the rest of the world," explains Mary Clare.
A new website, LittleTexans.org, provides guidelines for parents or care givers when they have questions when it comes to little people.
"You can see the video clips highlighting some of the important things we do like scheduling a child's day and learning how to organize our day to support the children. A video clip about how it's important to name things like I'm going to put your socks on and then I'm going to put your shoes on. Talking them through their day because they learn vocabulary that way," Mary Clare states.
There's information on emotional, physical, intellectual, and speech development.
"There's a section where you can click right in and if you thought your child was having a slow speech. It has a little click where you can get right in and know what to do and what you're community resources are. There's also how to shop for quality childcare so that when you decide to take your child to child care you'll know what to ask for what to look for," says Mary Clare.
Parent and teacher, Randi Warrick, feels the site is beneficial when it comes to her son and her classroom.
"To get on and check out where he would be at what level what to expect and things that I can do to help him succeed and goals and things like that. To look up my age group, the one year olds, and find activities that I can provide. We work on social, emotional skills and their fine motor and gross motor. We do a lot of creativity and art work and things like that."
"I would encourage everybody to think about children as little people and give them everything they need so they can be all that they have the potential to be," states Mary Clare.
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