Quality of PreschoolWhen deciding if you want to send your child to preschool, take the quality of the school into consideration. Programs that are licensed locally, or by the state, must follow certain standards, which help to assure it is a quality school. School accreditations from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or another reputable organization, also helps to ensure it is a high quality program.
Learning at HomeChoosing to keep your child home rather than send him or her to preschool, does not mean learning does not take place. You can play an active role in helping your child learn through activities and home-based lessons. You can also enroll your child in a community based class or sport for additional learning and socialization with children of the same age.
Success Later in LifeStudies have shown that children who attended high quality preschools have higher rates of success later in life. For instance, the HighScope Perry Preschool Study found that those in the preschool group had higher paying salaries, were more likely to have a job, and were less likely to have committed crimes, than those in the non-preschool group. Another study, the Abecedarian Study, found that children who had attended preschool were more likely to attend college.
Developmental BenefitsIt has been shown that children who attend preschool show a developmental benefit. For instance, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort found that those who attended preschool gained math skills, were able to recognize letters and comprehend language, knew their colors, and also gained social skills. Children who don't attend preschool can still develop social skills by playing with other children and communicating with adults, but a school setting provides an ideal environment for developing these skills in a group setting.
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