The pros and cons of preschool
MindShift.com Posted May 3, 2017
When young children and their families make the decision to pursue preschool, they’re making a big move, in more ways than one. Is it worth it, and what are the pros and cons?
As The Learning Partnership of America’s 2015 report Highlights the Advantages of Preschool from a Diverse Perspective, preschool is something families look forward to, and they do all they can to make sure they find the right place to take their children.
Indeed, in 2015, over three million children who were 4-and-a-half years old were enrolled in a local preschool or childcare provider. Not only does this help build a child’s vocabulary and social skills, but it also boosts families’ ability to be productive members of society.
And contrary to public perception, early childhood programs aren’t expensive or stressful for families. Early education is a predictable cost for families; the program costs them the same as other schooling and daycare costs. And they return to receive the same return. The 2014 AARP Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book also states, “…the lifetime earnings of a typical preschooler are greater than those of a typical high school graduate.”
But that benefits can be hard to grasp until you hear them from the other side of the conversation. In a recent interview with The Parents Channel, Editor-in-Chief Jill Hannah shared her experience in seeing her family—a mother, a father, and two boys, aged three and six—go from the normal scene of sleep schedules, chores, and homework to the excitement of having a preschool class.
It was an epiphany that knocked Hannah off her feet. “I thought, Wow, this is exactly what I envisioned for my family…this feeling of having so much freedom and no rules,” Hannah said. “What a nice and surprising transition. My husband and I were so giddy about this. We were just both so happy about it.”
Hannah was so happy, she kept the newest trend going: letting the boys skip the usual bedtime to allow more time to play and explore in their preschool class. This has kept the boys happy while offering the benefits of discovery-based learning programs.
And according to many families, early education is making a difference—enabling children to become more prepared for school and enjoy a happier, more positive life as adults. “That transition of getting to a point where our home is more relaxed and less structured and pretty much just a lot of freedom is what I think is the shift really,” Hannah said.
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