How early should STEM education for young children begin?
A group of business and military leaders in Ohio say that high quality pre-K education is critical to allowing young children to develop STEM skills that will be necessary for 21st century jobs.
The nonprofit business group ReadyNation prepared a report which shows that Ohio has a skills gap in science, technology, engineering, and math. The group partnered with Mission:Readiness, retired military leaders who work to keep kids in school.
According to the report STEM and Early Childhood – when Skills Take Root, 65 percent of Ohio eighth graders are not proficient in math, and close to 60 percent are not proficient in science. The report concludes that the development of strong STEM skills in early childhood is essential to closing the skills gap among young adults.
“The first five years of life are absolutely critical for brain development,” said Chris Burns, marketing and education manager at Encore Technologies. “If we wait till kindergarten we have waited too late” he said.