Judging by the cost of early education in NYC, one might expect that by the end of the year, their child will be quoting “To Kill A Mockingbird”, completing complex calculus equations and beginning the internet start-up company that will eventually be bought by Google for several billion dollars.
But just in case those expectations are a little high, I asked my sister (an early childhood development specialist) what exactly I should expect Mazzy to get out of her preschool education.
She said that participation in a preschool program is associated with many positive outcomes for children including improved cognitive development, better social skills and reduced chances of being retained or placed in special education.
Parents should send their child to a preschool with an emphasis on exposing children to new concepts and developing an interest in learning as opposed to placing too much pressure on mastering specific reading or math skills.
Below are 10 Key Developmental Opportunities for Children Placed in a Preschool Program: