Early learning is important because it helps establish a solid educational foundation for children during their developmental years, according to Johns Hopkins University's Early Learning website. Children learn to develop social, emotional, cognitive, gross and motor skills in an environment that encourages learning during the toddler and preschool years.
The brains of Infants and toddlers develop at a rapid speed. Information taken in during this time plays a key role in behavior, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and emotional health. Children who are in early learning environments, such as daycare or preschool, learn self-reliance, how to interact with others and a myriad of skills that kids without exposure to early education may not have a chance to pick up.
Children who do not participate in early learning may be at risk for developmental delays. Early learning environments condition children to develop routines that prepare them for elementary school. Tasks such as waking up in the morning, spending time away from home, setting goals and seeing results are nurtured in early learning environments and critical to everyday living.
Home-schooled children can still develop many of these skills through play dates with other kids and deliberate efforts to strengthen their social and learning abilities. Opting to teach children at home does not automatically suggest that they will have deficiencies in their social or educational development.