The Case for a Quality Preschool
As a mom of a preschool-aged child and an independent school administrator, I see the value in a quality early childhood education for all children. And now, studies are revealing the outcomes of a quality preschool program, and the data is undeniable.
In this article by The New York Times, researchers began tracking children in 2006 and followed them through the eighth grade. As eighth graders, they were less likely to be held back than their classmates who did not attend preschool, and their scores on a state math achievement test were higher. They were also more likely to take algebra in the eighth grade — a consistent predictor of college readiness, according to the article.
I am in the lucky position that I get to meet youngsters when they are just 2.5 or 3 years old and watch them grow and develop quickly during their preschool year(s) at Hilltop. I watch them learn not only how to recognize their colors and shapes, follow directions, and understand the alphabet, but I see them develop confidence, problem-solving abilities, and good social skills. It’s obvious to us at Hilltop that these foundational skills translate to positive outcomes in later years.
So if you’re currently debating whether your toddler is ready for preschool and, if so, how to choose the right one, consider the quality of the program, the credentials of the teachers, and the individualized nature of the curriculum. As this article states, a good program is a good investment.