Tips for Parents: Understanding the Main Purpose of Preschool

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017, 56 percent of the nation’s 3 to 5-year-olds were enrolled in a full-day preschool program. Are you considering preschool for your child? If so, have you thought about the specific reasons you want to send him or her? Is it because you think it will give your child an advantage in primary school? Is it because you need a break for a few hours a day? Do you think your child needs more discipline? These may all be part of why you are considering preschool. However, it is important to understand what preschool is about before deciding.

According to the Encyclopedia on Early Child Development (EECD), there are some very specific reasons to send your child to preschool. Understanding the purpose of preschool can help parents make informed decisions and temper expectations accordingly.

The EECD states, “Preschool programs provide early childhood education and care for children, and help them develop a range of skills that make them ready to learn when they start school.” With this goal in mind, the main functions of preschool aim to help children develop:

  • Social skills such as empathy, interacting with peers and adults
  • Language skills to allow them to benefit from other developmental activities
  • Self-regulation in learning skills like concentrating and postponing the need for instant gratification
  • Emotional self-regulation skills such as impulse control and adaptation
  • Executive function skills such as planning and problem solving

There are often long-lasting positive impacts on children who attend preschool.

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