The Benefits of Preschool

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Written by: Emily Long , Assistant Editor

Picture this: twenty 4-year-olds all dressed in a cap and gown, standing in a line waiting to receive their diploma. Adorable, right? Well, that is the view at most preschool graduations. According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), more than two-thirds of 4 year-olds and 40 percent of 3 year-olds are enrolled in some sort of early education program. In the United States, preschool isn’t required as a prerequisite before children enter school. However, studies show that participating in some form of early education can be beneficial for the development of young children. Children should attend preschool because it provides academic preparation before they enter school, it keeps young children active during the day and it promotes diversity among children and teaches them social and emotional skills. 

When children enter preschool, they are presented with information such as letters, numbers, shapes and more. Books are also introduced into the curriculum, which generates an early start in comprehension skills. While attending preschool, children will learn skills such as how to raise their hands, take turns and interact in a group setting. According to healthline.com, children who attended quality preschools display greater academic skills and self-regulatory skills such as waiting for their turn and sharing and than their counterparts who didn’t attend preschool. 

Imagine trying to be a parent with an energetic 4 year-old who wants to play and run around. It can be exhausting for parents to try and provide constant entertainment for their child throughout the day. Early learning opportunities at preschool provide an engaging and entertaining environment that is designed for young children. At preschool, their days are filled with activities and they are in a class filled with other children their age. 

Preschool is proven to be more beneficial for children rather than staying at home with their parents. Children are exposed to each other earlier, and this exposure to other children their age is beneficial for them because they learn how to interact with other people. 

According to nytimes.com, parents do not find that preschool or any form of early education is necessary for their children. They would argue against sending their children to preschool, and according to a study done by the University of Michigan Health Labs said that 12 percent of parents of young children will opt out of sending their kids to preschool. However, evidence from NIEER suggests that children are more likely to succeed in school if they previously attended preschool. 

The Basehor-Linwood School District built their own Early Learning Center for families in the area who want their children to get a head start on their education. According to the Early Learning Center’s website, the goal of the center is to provide a curriculum that encompasses physical and self-help skills, social-emotional development, communication and literacy and general and mathematical knowledge.  Attending preschool is beneficial for children because it provides activities for them, teaches social and emotional skills and best prepares children for when they attend school full time.