Many parents might question whether or not they should enroll their child in a preschool program. They are only 3 or 4 years old, right? They should be learning at home through free play and outside experiences, right? Well, maybe, but research continues to show that the first 5 years of a child’s life is one of the most critical in that they develop the foundations for thinking, behaving, and emotional well-being. They also develop linguistic, cognitive, social, emotional, and regulatory skills that will predict their behaviors later in life (Trawick-Smith, 2014; Woolfolk & Perry, 2012). Children who do not enroll in early childhood programs are at a disadvantage as they are limited to which activities, books, educational games, toys and learning experiences that they can benefit from (Liang, 1998).
Speaking of benefits, here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider enrolling your child in a preschool program:
1. Preschool is an opportunity for growth.
Preschool may be the first structured experience in a child’s life. It gives them the opportunity to learn and follow instructions.
2. Preschool prepares children for kindergarten.