Preschool is the first time your child goes into a school environment. They’re learning, now more than ever, how to meet new people, make friends, focus on tasks, listening, and so much more. There are many programs out there, but it can make it hard to determine which one is right for your child. What’s more, there are different types of preschools. Public and private preschool is one distinction you as a parent have to consider. But it can be hard to know what exactly makes one program public and the other private. Here are some of the main differences between public and private preschool programs.
The Size of the Class
In both programs, children learn the same concepts. They learn to help others and treat others in a way that they would want to be treated. However, a significant distinction between public and private preschools is the class size. Private preschools tend to have smaller classes. Smaller classes allow teachers to help every child and make sure one isn’t falling behind or struggling. However, no matter the size, in a quality program, a teacher will be able to help any child who may be struggling.
The curriculum is another core difference between a public and private preschool program. Public preschools are required to follow state guidelines for what they teach. They have to follow specific assessment procedures as well. On the other hand, private preschools can design their curriculum, resulting in higher standards for the children in the program.
The public school system is designed where all students within the jurisdiction are allowed to attend the school. Private schools, including the preschool, can deny or accept students based on if the child fits the school’s standards.
Another key difference between these two preschools is the cost of attendance for your child. The cost of private schools varies based on the location and the quality of the program, but you’re required to pay tuition for your child to attend. This might be expensive, but this method makes it possible for parents to have more say about what goes on in the classroom. Public schools are not allowed to charge tuition because they are funded through tax programs. The cost is something that some families consider well worth it for a private program because of the higher-quality education, attention, and care their child receives.
If you’re looking for a program for your preschool-age child, look no further! Heritage Learning Center has award-winning programs that would be perfect for your little family. We have plenty of information on our website, and if you’d like to know more, give us a call!