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Issues in Early Childhood Education and Development

Early childhood (0-8 years) is the most sensitive, critical period of a child’s life. In the first few years of their life, children undergo the most rapid growth in their brain development that is highly influenced by surrounding environments. Thus, it is imperative to address the educational and environmental issues in order to ensure successful development of children. Please take a look at some of the issues that you can help to solve.

Challenges in Early Childhood Development

Some of the most critical issues in early childhood development and education include:

  • Educator training: How do federal and state governments require and support early childhood professionals’ specialized training and development to ensure high quality of child care in meeting the various needs of children?
  • Parent engagement: How can early childhood educators establish ongoing and effective communication and partnerships with parents to offer children the best possible learning experiences and opportunities, in school, at home, and in community settings?
  • Program standards: How can federal and state governments and professional organizations work together to regulate and monitor child care quality to empower children and account for their diverse needs and learning curves?
  • Early intervention for high-risk children and families: How can public investment be used to support young children and their families from various disadvantaged backgrounds? What kind of support systems are available (e.g., child welfare, child care subsidy, home visiting programs, teen pregnancy program) and how effective are these programs?
  • Child development research: What is the empirical evidence documenting the association between child development and child care quality, parenting, home environment, federal support, and many other factors that may shape children’s outcomes?

Pursue an Early Childhood Development Degree

National Louis University offers various degree programs that can help you pursue a career in early childhood education. View our degree programs to learn more and apply.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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