Preschool and Kindergarten - Age Benefits

  • Fulfill curiosity - something that is common in children as young as three years old, and which if fulfilled early can be sustained in later years, positively impacting academic performance.
  • Early learning positively affects brain structure.
  • Builds a desire to learn well past preschool age.
  • Additional daily or semi-daily physical activity that might not happen at home.
  • Headstart in emotional development:

Getting praise early in life for accomplishments builds positive self-worth which can pay off academically.

  • Headstart in social development: Manners and social protocols are learned through incidents, with an adult “correcting” behavior when necessary.
  • Preschool gives children an early outlet to learn appropriate social behaviors and develop more effective interaction skills.
  • Building of trust in other children and adults.
  • Learning discipline and structure, balanced with fun.
  • Encouragement of scribbling can lead to early learning of writing, which has the obvious academic benefits.
  • Early introduction to letters and numbers improves foundational reading and math skills, respectively, both of which affect later academic success.
  • Early introduction to math means time to absorb and understand by the time kindergarten comes around.
  • Improved self-esteem.
  • Readiness for kindergarten, etc.

  • Less likely to be sad or unhappy, which can happen to children as young as three years, and which can then persist in near-future years.
  • Confidence from familiarity, since at present, kindergarten curriculum may significantly overlap preschool activities.
  • Become better readers.
  • Early successes in kindergarten and beyond.
  • High-quality preschool education has been show to benefit both middle-income and low-income families, as well as improve overall academic achievement.

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