The first educational form is the family. In many ways, the most important educational period in life is the first few years. A person's direction in life is largely set in infancy and early childhood. The most important teachers for most people are their parents. Even after childhood, family connections remain powerful educational influences . People participate in family education not only as a child but as a parent and then as a grandparent. The family in the context of other communal groups is the first great educational institution.
p. 220 - 221 Missed Opportunities: Rethinking Catholic Tradition by Gabriel Moran
For Reflection and Action:
In what ways can your programs assist and resource parents in the first five years of the life of the child?