Most medical professionals, as well as educators, agree that the ages of three to five are crucial periods in a child’s education and development. Enrolling a child in a pre-school program will help to lay the foundation for academics, social interaction skills, as well as build self esteem and self confidence in a child.
Children between the ages of three and five are ready to learn. Curiosity is high in this age group and pre-schools meet the needs of the child. If the child’s inner curiosity is not met with activities and answers, it could possibly diminish his or her future academic performance.Children in this age group have a wide range of interests. If these interests are discovered and encouraged at a young age, it will lay the groundwork for a love of learning. For instance, a child who has a love for scribbling and is encouraged will generally learn to write earlier than other children. Children who are enrolled in pre-school learn the importance of character through the praise and encouragement they receive through displaying hard work and responsibility. This leads to positive self worth, as well as fostering good study skills, in a child.
What Is Known About Pre-School
- Pre-school children are more likely to learn to read and they become better readers than children who never attended pre-school.
- Children who attend pre-school are more likely to graduate from high school and continue onto college.
- Children who attend pre-school are less likely to need public assistance when they are adults.
- Children who attend pre-school are less likely to be incarcerated or arrested when they are older teens and adults.
In addition to being called preschool, these programs are known by other names, including child care, day care, and nursery school. They vary widely in their setting, format, and educational philosophy. Preschools may meet all-day or half-day, either every day or just a few days per week. They may be sponsored by a church, operate as an independent non-profit, or run for profit.Research has shown that children enrolled in Head Start enjoy immediate, measurable gains in cognitive test scores.
These effects include: persistent gains in achievement test scores, fewer occurrences of grade retention, and less placement in special education programs. Other long-term benefits include higher high school graduation rates and decreased crime and delinquency rates. As adults, Head Start graduates are more likely to get better jobs and earn more money.