Many childhood experts agree that quality preschool programs help young children get ready for the academic years ahead of them. Below are several reasons why preschool programs are important.
How important is preschool really?
According to the document, A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America, published by the United States Department of Education, there is evidence to show that the early years are critical in the learning and development of children and that quality preschool programs are beneficial to this age group. The paper indicates that children who attend high-quality preschools have better cognitive, social-emotional, and health development than children who do not. Studies also indicate that participation in quality preschool programs can increase the educational successes and potential earnings of children as they grow into adulthood.
What will my children learn?
Not only do children develop their social-emotional skills in preschool, they also learn how to problem solve, compromise and be more respectful of the people around them. They learn to become more independent by participating in activities that allow them to explore, play and discover. Quality preschool programs also introduce young children to foundational literacy and numeracy skills through developmentally appropriate reading and math activities.
When should my children start preschool?
While a majority of preschool programs provide services to three, four and five-year-old children, many children begin their preschool experience when they are four years old. You should decide on the best starting age for your children based on their personal development. Keep in mind that most programs offer full-time and part-time programs.
How do I determine the best preschool for my child?
It is important to research several preschool programs before deciding on the best choice for your child. Begin by talking to friends who have children in preschool. Determine whether you would rather a program that is close to your home or your place of work. There are a variety of programs available through religious organizations, daycares, and both publicly and privately funded schools. Check to ensure that each preschool option meets all safety requirements as outlined by the state and local regulations. Visit each one personally and schedule a time to interview the director of the program. Discuss the admission policy, curriculum, and fees. Narrow down your choices to two or three and then schedule a time to observe the program yourself.
What should I look for during my visits?
At each of the preschool centers, you will want to check that the facility is safe and clean. Check for smoke detectors and first-aid kits. Look for indoor and outdoor play areas, art centers, puzzles, blocks, toys that are age-appropriate and books. Check to see whether student work is displayed for all to see and that each display is an original piece showing imagination and creativity. Look for a quiet area where children can rest or nap. While all of this is going on, make sure that the children are all supervised correctly and respectfully.
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