Brief History of Early Childhood Education

  • Jan 1, 1500

    Martin Luther

    Martin Luter is impoartent to this time line becaus eof his ideas about public support of education, along with the idea of teaching all children to read. He supported the idea of schools built to teach children to read.
  • Infant School Society of Boston

    The Infant School Society of Boston submitted a petition for universal preschool to Boston Public Schools. This shows how the idea of unviersal preschool has been around for over 175 years.
  • Horace Mann

    Horace Mann is cosidered the "father of American pubic education". He stessed the importance and necessity of education for all children, it should be free and non-sectarian.
  • John Dewey

    John Dewey's "Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education" was published. Dewey's views helped advance the ideas of the "progressive education movement." An outgrowth of the progressive political movement, progressive education sought to make schools more effective agents of democracy.
  • NAEYC Created

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children created to "promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children."
  • Zone of Proximal Development

    Lev Vygotsky developed a theory about how children have a "Zone of Proximal Developemt" where their optimal learning takes place. When teachers are planning and delivering thier lessons, it is their job to try and find each student's ZPD to increase learning capabilities. This was and still is an important theory because of how it is still used and taugh to aspriing teachers.
  • Early Childhood Education Act

    The ECE Act is the blanket name for landmark laws outlinging federal progams and funding childhood eduation from Pre-school through kindergarten. This lead to other programs such as Head Start, the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and EVEN start Program.
  • Universal Preschool

    President Obama, in his State of the Union address, remarks on how important early childhood education is for children, and begins work on the "Preschool for All IInitiative . He urges states that do not already have universal preschool to follow suit of those that do.