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Abstract

This article explores the role early educational environments play in shaping a child’s first school experiences. The authors call for more intentional support and consideration of early childhood environments and the possibilities for the positive developmental outcomes they provide. Review of the current literature on quality early childhood settings, discussion of the variables that are key agents in promoting a quality early childhood setting and experience for young children, and a case study of a quality preschool environment is highlighted to illustrate and support this argument. Advocacy for authentic early childhood experiences in quality preschool classrooms provides a strong foundation for redefining educational practices and is necessary if we are to provide a foundation for future development and positive outcomes for all children.

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