Pre-school is an early learning experience for children ages 2 ½ – 5 years. Pre-school can be part of an all-day child care program like Head Start or Licensed Family Care. Or pre-school can be a partial day program where children go for 3 – 4 hours. Whether it is an all-day or a partial day program, pre-school is an important opportunity to help children prepare for Kindergarten.
Pre-school programs help children explore and build confidence. Here are just a few things that children can learn in pre-school:
- How to be students - they raise their hands, take turns, and share their teacher’s attention.
- How to socialize - they learn how to get along with other children, compromise and solve problems.
- Literacy and early reading skills - they learn new words, recognize their name in writing, and understand letters have sounds.
- Language development - they listen and follow directions, have a conversation with their teacher, and tell a story about their family.
- Early math skills - they count, compare groups of objects, and follow simple patterns.