The Perks of Preschool

Everyone has their own view on when a child should start school; while many kids begin to go to preschool as early as age three, some places in the world delay schooling until kids are six or seven. In studies of the US educational system, however, data points overwhelmingly toward the notion that when it comes to preschool, the benefits are enormous. If you attended preschool, you possibly remember it as a time filled with play-dough, block towers, story time, and snacks. Even though it may seem like a glorified play time to some, preschool nonetheless touts huge long and short-term benefits for those who attend. In the short-term, kids are often more socially and academically prepared for beginning elementary school, compared to their non-preschool attending counterparts. And in the long-term, kids who went to preschool tend to test higher in an array of subjects, particularly reading comprehension. Even as adults, kids who attended preschool still see the positive effects of preschool in their lives. Whether you're considering a degree in early childhood education, or simply wondering whether you'll send your own children to preschool, the following infographic offers a look into the big benefits of going to preschool.

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Matthew Tabor

Matthew Tabor

Matthew is a prolific, independent voice in the national education debate. He is a tireless advocate for high academic standards from pre-K through graduate school, fiscal sense and personal responsibility. He values parents’ and families’ rights and believes in accountability for teachers, administrators, politicians and all taxpayer-funded education entities. With a unique background that includes work in higher education, executive recruiting, professional sport and government, Matthew has consulted on new media and communication strategies for a broad range of clients. He writes the blog “Education for the Aughts” at , has contributed to National Journal’s ‘Expert’ blog for Education , and interacts with the education community on Twitter and Google+.
03 25, 2013
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