The Power of Preschool
Starting between the ages of
2 1/2 and 3, you will have the option of placing your child in preschool.
Some parents may ask, “Why preschool? Isn't my child learning enough at home or with a caregiver?” Of course nothing takes the place of a nurturing and loving home, and no one is more important to children than their parents. But research shows that kids who attend quality preschool have higher math and reading skills, are better prepared for kindergarten, behave better in class, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.
At a quality preschool, kids learn a variety of new social and academic skills. Your child will learn how to:
A quality preschool can also alert teachers and parents to any early learning disabilities or other special needs a child may have and arrange for that child to receive help early on. Learn more about identifying and caring for a child with special needs.
Many factors need to be considered when you're looking for a quality preschool and it takes time to find the right one.
Your child may be old enough to go to preschool, but that doesn't mean your little one is ready for it. Preschool is different from day care — it places greater focus on academics and tends to be more structured. Carefully consider whether your child is ready for this new challenge by talking to other people who know your child well, like your partner, child's doctor, and caregiver. Ask yourself these questions:
Kids learn best when parents are actively involved in their education. Even if you're busy and short on time, there are some simple ways to support your child's teacher and preschool education.
Saying goodbye isn't easy, especially the first day you leave your child with a caregiver. They key is to make these happy goodbyes, not sad ones.