Professional Resources


Earlychildhood education is a branch of education that helps in teachingmatters that relate to young children. In this field, manyresearchers have carried out intensive investigations on issues thatrelate to child development. Therefore, numerous resources have beenwritten by different authors with the aim of addressing the currentproblems that affect young children. Therefore, it is plausible toexamine various journal articles that provide professionalinformation on current issues that relate to early childhoodeducation and development.

Contributionsof emergent literacy skills to name writing, letter writing andspelling in preschool childrenis an article written by three authors namely Christopher Lonigan,Cynthia Puranik, and Young Suk Kim. In their article, the authorsseek to find out the various developing literacy skills thatcontribute to kindergarten children’s evolving writing. Theauthors argue that evolving writing skills include letter writing,name writing, and spelling skills. Moreover, the authors explainedthat letter writing makes an excellent contribution to the namewriting skills. Besides, alphabetic understanding, print and namewriting skills greatly add to letter writing skills (Puranik,Lonigan, and Suk Kim). A child’s letter writing skills is a goodindication that he or she is developing emergent literal and spellingskills. In their article the authors conclude that spelling is adevelopmental skill that begins in preschool and involves blending,letter writing skills, letter-sound and letter-name knowledge.

Istrongly agree with the authors of this article that name, and letterwriting may help children in the improvement, and understanding ofalphabetic principles. For instance, in literate societies, youngchildren find many written texts in televisions, newspapers, and evenbooks. Consequently, the children are likely to become familiar withwritten symbols. Their findings prove that children writing andreading skills begin even before being enrolled in a learninginstitution. Therefore, I would urge parents and guardians toprovide their children with simple learning materials that wouldenhance their reading and writing skills.

InChaos, poverty, and parenting: Predictors of early languagedevelopment article,the authors explain the various factors that influence thedevelopment of children’s early language. According to the authors,young children’s exposure to chaotic environments may be a criticalfactor that is likely to affect their language development(Vernon-Feagans, Garrett-Peters and Willoughby 330). Nonetheless, itis not clear whether parenting reconciles the connection betweenlanguage and chaos. According to the authors, children developlanguage faster when they have an interactive engagement with theircaregivers and mothers. Nonetheless, the caregivers must beresponsive to the vocalization and attention of their children.

Iconcur with the authors that parents who are less educated are lessconcerned about their children’s language development. Moreover,low-income families provide little towards their children’sdevelopment of language. Therefore, parents from low-income familiesshould increase their joint attention activities as well asparent-child interactions that enhance language development.

Theimpact of child care subsidy use on child care qualityis an article written by Rebecca Ryan, Anna Johnson, Elizabeth Rigbyand Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. The authors explained that the United Statesgovernment allotted 7 billion dollars to cater for child care inlow-income families (Ryan, Johnson and Rigby 329). Although thesubsidies reduce the cost for low-income families, it is not clearwhether they impact on the value of care. The authors explained thatchildren are likely to have a stable care if they receive caresubsidies.

Iagree with the authors’ statement that child care subsidies offer alot more of work support for families. In my opinion, it helpslow-income families to access quality care, which supports health thedevelopment of children. However, I would recommend that the federalgovernment should increase the child care subsidies and there shouldbe no racial discrimination when providing the subsidies.


Puranik,Cynthia, Christopher Lonigan and Young Suk Kim. &quotContributionsof emergent literacy skills to name writing, letter writing, andspelling in preschool children.&quot NationalInstitute of Health (2011):465-474.

Ryan,Rebecca, et al. &quotThe impact of child care subsidy use on childcare quality.&quotEarly Childhood Research Quarterly(2011): 320-331.

Vernon-Feagans,Lynne, et al. &quotChaos, poverty, and parenting: Predictors ofearly language development.&quot EarlyChildhood Research Quarterly(2012): 339-351.