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The Goddard School Conducts National Survey With The Goal Of Helping Parents Raise Kids To Excel In A Modern World

August  14, 2018 / Early childhood education leader addresses executive function, financial literacy and material rewards

Parents’ involvement and knowledge of executive function, financial literacy and methods of reinforcing behaviors through material rewards in their young children (under 10 years old) were recently put to the test by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, the nation’s premier preschool system focused on learning through play for children six weeks to six years old.

More than 1,000 parents nationwide were surveyed on these topics to help evaluate the extent of their knowledge and involvement in executive function, financial literacy and reinforcing behaviors. The survey was conducted with the overall intent of offering parents practical solutions and insights for raising their children in a 21st-century world.

The data, collected by Hanover Research, will be released over the coming months to help families bridge the gap between what educational research suggests as best practices in child rearing and other common household practices. This well-rounded compilation of information should help parents prepare children for long-term success in school and in life.

Through this survey, The Goddard School was able to identify a few overarching themes. First, there is a substantial gap between when early childhood experts say children should master financial concepts and when parents believe children should master them. Second, most parents use material rewards to shape their children’s behavior, but experts largely agree that this method can inhibit children’s long-term development and intrinsic motivation to learn. And finally, many parents believe that they are educated on the topic of executive function, but many can neither define its components nor recognize the activities proven to help develop it even though they may already be doing these activities with their children and just not realize that they are contributing to the development of executive function.

“As a leader in early childhood education for 30 years, The Goddard School always looks for ways to enhance our approach to important topics that support children in becoming successful and happy life-long learners,” says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education for Goddard Systems, Inc. “The research we just completed along with the insights and guidance provided by our Educational Advisory Board will inform new practices in our Schools and help us to better meet the needs of the families we serve.

Over the next six months, The Goddard School will reveal the deeper findings behind the data collected and work with industry experts from its Educational Advisory Board to offer parents valuable and realistic solutions for raising children to be financially literate by finding new ways to encourage proper behavior without the use of material rewards and helping to spur the natural development of executive function in children, both of which help prepare children for long-term success in school and in life. 

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