Early Childhood Education History Timeline

By AS22
  • John Comenius writes first childrens book

    Wrote Orbis Pictus. Thought early experience forned what a child would be like. Stated that education should accur through the senses. Education is based all around books and stories today.
  • Montessori concept

    The montessori concept started by Maria Montessori was an erra of one room schools with a high respect for children and their free open envirments. Maria believed that children learned best self directed with the correct tools and enviroment. Today there are many succesful Montessori schools that use her concept and base their school around it.
  • John Dewey

    John Dewey was a pioneer of education. He believed that children engage best in things they are intested in. That playing and exploring were keys to learning in and out of the classroom. "Children learn best by doing".
    Today in most early childhood centers their curiculums are based around play, and child based learning.
  • National Defence Education Act (NDEA)

    After the soviet union launched Sputnick, it sparked a nationwide fear of the fall of the United States. The founding idea for NDEA was that the best defense is a good education. NDEA has provided federal funding for specific subjects suchs as science, math, engenering and technology. NDEA is considered to be the beginning of standardized testing.
  • Civil Rights Movement / Movement

    The Civil rights movement in the 1960's changed the world we live in. During this time the federal govement became more involved in education. Ensuring education for all.
  • Economic Opportunity Act / Head Start

    Part of President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty, the economic opprtunity act implimented social programs. These programs promoted health, education and the welfare of people with low income. This was desgined to help them find work. This act lead to the start of the Head Start programs in 1965.
  • Elementary & Secondary Education Act

    This act provided money to help low income families with free or discounted lunches for their children. This act also funds to help toward before or after school promgrams as well as tutering programs.
  • The Education Of All Handicapped Children Act

    The Education Of All Handicapped Children act has allowed all children to have a free education within the public school systems. This has allowed children with dissabilities an equal opportunity to learn. The schools provide approriate tools and accomidations as well as aides to help the students get from place to place if need be.
  • Technology in the classroom

    Technology in the classroom has been a tremendous part of education. Being able to present something to view or listen to engages children and helps them to retain information in different ways.