Numerous studies show a strong correlation between a child’s participation in preschool and later positive school and community outcomes.
In terms of academics, research shows that children who participate in preschool enter kindergarten recognizing and understanding more words. Kids who have gone through preschool use a broader vocabulary than children with no preschool experience, and they are more likely to be proficient in language use overall. Preschool participants are also more likely to have satisfactory or outstanding grades in math or language arts by third grade.
School retention rates and high school graduations are also higher among children who participate in preschool.
Socially, research has shown a significant positive long-term effect of early childhood programs, including preschool, on social adjustment and the ability to regulate emotions.
Every child should have some sort of group experience before he or she starts kindergarten. Preschool teaches our children how to be students. Children learn how to raise hands, take turns and share attention from teachers and other adults with their peers. It also teaches them appropriate separation and routine-building skills making for an easier transition to kindergarten. Children who are exposed to preschool enter school ready and eager to learn and with a solid foundation of social and behavior-management skills. Considering the many benefits, preschool is worth the investment.