There’s something transpiring in the Preschool industry that every parent ought to know about. Specifically, the benefits of preschool and more importantly how they last. Read the whole story here.
Now, if you’re like a lot of parents considering preschools, then you’re probably thinking about this article in terms of whether or not you need to send your child to a preschool.
I recently discovered this article and I’ve spoken with a lot of teachers and parents about how the information is relevant to you. So let me share with you the top 4 points from the article regarding the lasting benefits of preschool.
- “The study found that early childhood programs in that state resulted in higher test scores, a lower chance of being held back in a grade, and a fewer number of children with special education placements. Those gains lasted up through the fifth grade .” Arguments are made that if children do benefit from preschool, it does not last and therefore is not necessary. This study showed the opposite, proving that what is learned in preschool stays with children through elementary school.
- “Having a high-quality program is key, says Dodge. ‘The long-term impact,’ he says, ‘depends entirely on quality and how well elementary schools build on the foundations set in pre-K .” One cannot label all preschools as unsuccessful for children based on a single poor experience. Parents must do research and tour preschools to ensure they are enrolling their child in a quality preschool program. Parents should be aware of student to teacher ratios, class size, and the curriculum and philosophy of any preschool they are interested in. Tours and trial classes are an excellent way of acquiring the necessary information before making a decision on enrollment.
- “Experts cite several key elements in “high-quality” preschool: small class sizes, student-directed learning and lots of open-ended play. Andresearchers have warned that outcomes are short-lived when those elements are not present.” Again, this points out the necessity for a high quality preschool program in order to have lasting benefits for children. Overcrowded class sizes can prevent children from receiving adequate attention from their teachers. It can also make it difficult for children to have access to all the materials in their classroom, as there will be too much competition over the materials. Encouraging student directed learning can increase confidence and decision making skills in the children. It helps the children take ownership over their learning and work on problem solving skills that will be necessary for later years of education.
- “I think that the question is turning away from whether we should do pre-kindergarten and instead to how should we do pre-kindergarten,” says Dodge.” As someone working in the preschool field, I strongly believe in its benefits and feel that parents should strongly consider enrolling their children in preschool. It is not just a place to keep your children while at work, but instead an essential educational setting that sets the groundwork for the many years of education that will follow. I implore you to do your research first, however, and to be sure you are enrolling in a high quality preschool program. There are many such programs that will ensure that your children benefit from the long lasting effects of a preschool education.
In conclusion, this article emphasizes that preschool does have long lasting effects on children, but does not say that all preschools will be beneficial. In order to benefit children, the preschool must be high quality. This underlines the importance of doing research on a preschool you are interested in before enrolling. It is important not to label all preschool as disadvantageous based on one negative experience. Knowing everything your child will be receiving from a preschool prior to enrolling will allow you to choose a high quality program and have your child reap the long lasting benefits of preschool.
I would love to hear what you think about how children benefit from preschool. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and while I feel strongly one way, I would like to hear more opinions on this matter. After all, it is regarding the future of our world, so please join in the conversation!