Today, many parents are adamant that the preschools they consider for their child offer highly stimulating environments to help children learn and develop. Parents are well-informed when they begin to conduct their research into preschool programs, understanding that the early years of childhood are essential to forming the basis of intelligence and the capacity to learn and nurture oneself well into adulthood.
There is a high demand for academic-focused preschool programs due to consistent and strong early childhood research, which demonstrates that:
For these reasons and more, parents are demanding that preschools offer highly academic programming to give their children the best possible start in life. However, it is important to note that “academic” does not necessarily refer to a teacher-directed preschool program that is highly structured to prepare children for school. There are several other approaches and philosophies of early childhood education that can help a child achieve school readiness and give them a solid foundation for the future.
Though they may at first search for a high-quality academic program with a set curriculum, today’s parents are often looking for preschool programs that offer an emergent curriculum. This approach to early childhood education is in many cases considered a best practice to allow young children to learn and develop, exploring their unique areas of interest rather than having teachers guide learning through a strict, pre-set curriculum.
Whether you are a parent who is more drawn to academic preschool programs, or are interested in the emergent curriculum approach, one fact remains: Giving your child the support they need at a young age can have a great impact on their development well into adulthood!
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