The Importance of Preschool

According to Health of Children, preschool is an early childhood program in which children combine learning with play in a program run by professionally trained adults. Children are most commonly enrolled in preschool between the ages of three and five, though those as young as two can attend some schools. In this article, we are going to tell you why it is important for you to send your child to preschool.

In an article by Beth Kanter, she is going to tell us why preschool actually matters.

Why Preschool Matters

  1. What’s the difference between childcare and preschool?

Childcare centers are generally an option for working parents who need their children to be taken care of during the day; centers accept babies as well as toddlers and are full-time, full-year programs. Preschool refers to an early-childhood educational class for 3- and 4-year-olds. Many offer a part-time schedule (for example, a few hours a day, two to five times a week) as well as full-day care, but only from September to May. Yet the terms are often used interchangeably. A childcare center with experienced, well-trained teachers and stimulating activities offers kids similar advantages to a preschool. “In fact, many preschools are part of childcare programs,” says Linda Smith, executive director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. Read more here.

So above we have pieces of information on the differences between childcare and preschool and how your child can benefit from it. Aside from that, there are also additional pieces of information on how you should choose the right preschool for your children. Now, LearnVest will tell us why kids really need preschool.

Do Kids Really Need Preschool?

Since President Obama proposed making high-quality preschool education available to every American four-year-old in his 2013 State of the Union address, the debate over the benefits of preschool has been thrown into the national spotlight.

As every parent knows, preschool must all too often be purchased for a hefty price. In fact, for many parents, preschool expenses are one of the most surprising costs of having a young child.

So many of us pay the asking price, but is that cost really necessary? Are there less expensive options? And is preschool itself really all that important?

We spoke with the experts to help you decide how to best invest in your kids.

How Much Will It Cost?
About 30 percent of the country’s 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in private preschools and childcare centers. Prices can vary radically depending on what kind of program you choose and where you live.
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            According to the article, preschool will help children progress socially. Some examples for this type of local preschool are MylittleCampus and more info can be found at <a href=””> </a>. They also mentioned about a research from the Ounce of Prevention Fund which shows that at-risk children who don’t receive quality preschool education are 25 percent more likely than their peers to drop out of school and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. In addition to that, Marija Ristic will share to us six reasons why preschool is good for your child.

6 Reasons Why Preschool Is Good for Your Child

When you think of preschool, what do you envision? Are you afraid that your child is still too small to be placed in a structured environment? Does it scare you how they might cope with the separation?

Well, don’t be. Preschool can only help your child.

Children gain a lot from going to preschool because they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes there. But, more importantly, they develop social and emotional skills and learn how to get along with other children, to share and to contribute.

Findings show that children who attend high-quality preschool enter schools with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.  So why not insist on preschool education when it can only help; when preschool is good for your child?

Know this: the 3-6-year olds are like little sponges at that age. They can take in so much; even more than you think. You as a parent should make use of this time to equip your little ones with the skills they need in their lives. Read more here.

            One of the six reasons given above is that children will learn their ABCs ad 123s in preschool. Of course, parents should teach them that at home too, but it is in preschool where they would be able to master and develop it. It will make them more prepared for kindergarten. It will make it easier for them to comprehend to lessons as well because they already have basic knowledge of it. Preschool will really prepare children for future higher levels of education.