Prepping for Pre-School
Preschool is a new hot topic for parents in the modern workforce. The expectation of a child getting a head-start at a certified learning center is a huge benefit in a child’s cognitive growth. Preschool even acts as a form of a daycare center for some households. While there are a great deal of similarities between the two it is important to know the difference before making a commitment to send a child to one or the other. Outlined below are a few of the major points and differences.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a body that regulates certification for early child development learning centers. The NBPTS will set regulations for determining if both the school and the teachers meet minimum criteria for quality instruction. Parents should pay special attention to request that criteria when identifying whether a location is a learning center or just a daycare center.
Early childhood education takes many forms. Some parents prefer a program that is from a traditional formalized background. Typically public schools will offer some sort of quarter day (2-3 hours) program to give general introduction to educational skills and concepts. Other parents may prefer a more fitness and active approach. These sorts of programs can be found in community gyms. On the fringe side of early childhood education there are options for outdoor based play and curriculum. Still yet, options for very formalized, group communal (all ages) settings exist for life skill development. All of these options come with varying costs and hours of operation catered to early development level of education.
Day care centers offer benefits to adults without the educational perks. These programs are cheaper and serve the purpose more of a babysitter instead of a teacher. Options can include some education, but nothing of a formal development path by an accredited organization. Benefits of these establishments can include meals and extended hours. But they would certainly lack in field trips and projects meant to develop a child’s mind. Some of these options may be found at local churches and may offer a religious backdrop for the kids.
At any rate it is important to realize that the most critical stages of a child’s development come from the interactions a child has with their parents. While both styles of programs offer convenience to a parents work schedule, they are not a replacement for the important time spent with a child. Schedule a tour today!