As a parent, one of the most important jobs you have is to make sure that your child is getting the best educational experience possible. You know this, and you probably spend a lot of time thinking about and researching ways to get the most out of educational programs for your kids. One of the best ways to give your child a head start on the path the academic success is to enroll them in a quality Pre K program.
What are Pre K Programs?
Pre k programs use a set of educational practices and programs that focus on children as young as infants to around age four and five. A subset of pre k education, known as infant/toddler education, is focused on children from birth to age two.
Most infant/toddler education takes place informally, at home, with parents and loved ones. Family socialization with young children is vital to their healthy development. But the positive effects of formal pre K programs, such as an accredited preschool education, are now widely recognized by early education experts as being just as crucial to a child’s intellectual development.
How will my Child benefit from a pre-k program?
The benefits of pre k programs have been shown in study after study for many years. In fact, these benefits are one of the most well established subjects in educational research. If this article were to detail all of the benefits of pre k programs, it would run on so long that you would probably stop reading it. So we will keep it to a few key findings.
According to an article in Psychology Today, brain research has revealed that the brain undergoes a crucial cognitive development period at an early age. If the necessary cognitive stimulation is lacking at this critical time, the child may experience deficits in cognitive ability that would otherwise not appear.
The article goes on to point out that studies on the effects of quality preschool education indicate that preschool education provides children with skills vital to later success. A survey of 28 year olds who had received a preschool education revealed that they had better paying jobs and life security than those 28 year olds who did not attend preschool.
More in depth studies have recorded additional long term benefits. A famous long term of study of the impacts of preschool and early education programs, called the High/Scope Perry Preschool study, found that pre k attendees have fewer behavior and metal health problems, are less likely to have behavioral issues, earn more income and have higher high school and college graduation rates.
Pre K Programs at Toddler Town Chicago
At Toddler Town of Chicago and Evanston, we approach pre K education with a professional academic way while not intruding on the fun experience it is supposed to be for the kids. Toddler Town incorporates fun acativities, song, art and creativity into our academic purpose. Our NAEYC accreditation means that you can expect the best pre K education for your child at Toddler Town Chicago. Come check out or Pre-K programs and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!