Children develop at different rates and it is known that an early start in education can make a significant difference in your child's development.

Research has shown that children that attend preschool are associated with higher adulthood educational progress and achievement.  Children learn best in an environment that allows for a variety of safe experiences to take place. They need to have opportunities to explore, experiment, and enjoy a wide range of activities that are developmentally appropriate and be able to interact with their peers.

Preschool provides advantages to children by providing an academic boost, physical preparedness and emotional/socializing skills.These opportunities are offered in a developmentally appropriate environment with research based curriculum to help children be well prepared to enter kindergarten.   

Language skills, self-help skills, independence, technology and problem solving skills are among the many academic areas your student will be exposed to in preschool. These early reading\language experiences will help your child develop a love for reading, make learning to read easier later in school, and make him a life-long reader! Children who attend high-quality preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.

Preschool is the place children learn motor skills, such as pre-writing skills, hand-eye coordination, and large motor skills like balance and coordination. Children are given ample opportunities to develop these skills in a safe environment.

Social and emotional skills are important skills learned in preschool.  At this young age, children love to come to school and see their friends, play games, and learn pre-academic skills. Kindergarten students that attended preschool are also far ahead of their peers in terms of knowing how to wait their turn, work well with other students and how to listen.

These skills are modeled in a positive atmosphere by caring adults.

Your child will learn how to be a friend and make friends!

Kindergarten teachers will tell you that the students who are ready to learn are those who come into school with solid academic, social and behavior-management skills.

These students typically outperform many of their peers who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool.

 

Jay Chelf is the special education director for the Clinton School District.

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