Lauren Drakes, MS, is an Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at Rasmussen College-School of Education. She heads the Early Childhood Education degree program at Rasmussen College in Pasco County, FL. Lauren has been in the field of early childhood education for more than 20 years. Her work experience includes teaching at an elementary school level, training early childhood program directors and caregivers, providing accreditation consulting, teaching the national Child Development Associate courses and Florida state administrator credential course. Lauren received her BA in Psychology from City College of the City University of New York and her MS in Early Childhood Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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A pleasant environment is important to how we feel at work and play. As adults we can choose to change or leave our environment if it is not conducive to our activities. Children don't have the choice to leave or make changes to their environment if it does not meet their needs or is undesirable.

Shaping A Child's Language Development

As parents and early childhood professionals we must take our responsibility for enhancing children's language development seriously. Learning more about the language acquisition process and following these tips from experts in the early childhood field can help us to achieve this important task.

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