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Starting between the ages of two and three years old, you will have the option of placing your child in preschool. Some parents may ask, "Why preschool? Isn't my child learning enough at home or at child care?" Research shows that kids who attend quality preschool may have higher math and reading skills, are better prepared for kindergarten, behave better in class, and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Preschool is the start to your child’s school success. This section dives into how your child can benefit from preschool.

Kids holding hands walking school hall

At a quality preschool, children learn a variety of new skills. Your child will learn how to:

  • Use his or her imagination

  • Develop his or her curiosity and wonder about the world

  • Problem solve

  • Socialize and interact with peers and teachers

  • Pay attention and follow directions

  • Finish tasks

  • Practice new skills by themselves

  • Be persistent when learning something new

  • Develop large and small muscles

  • Develop gross and fine motor skills

A quality teacher can alert parents of any possible concerns they may have about a child’s development. This can be helpful information for a parent to take to their family doctor for follow-up resources and support options.

Tip: The learning doesn’t stop at home because your child is in preschool – you’re still your child’s most important teacher! Keep talking, reading, and singing to your child when you are together. A fun way to keep the learning going is to have your child tell you three great things about their day at preschool. You’ll learn about your child’s day and you’ll help their language and memory develop.

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