The benefits of preschool cannot be overstated. For years, researchers have spent time studying early childhood education to explore the benefits of preschool and determine what works and what doesn't.
Last year, some of the nation’s leading researchers came together to publish a report, "The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects." Among their key findings, the report indicates that not all preschool programs are alike. Features that may lead to success include "a well-implemented, evidence-based curriculum" and an emphasis on the quality and continuous training of pre-K teachers.
At The Gardner School, these are two features we’ve been committed to since our foundation. We’ve been able to see how providing curriculum-based preschool programs and teachers with childhood education degrees creates an environment for children to grow in every area.
5 Benefits of Curriculum-Based Preschool
Here are a few specific ways a curriculum-based preschool helps children thrive academically, emotionally, and socially:
It prepares them for Kindergarten and beyond. As kindergarten becomes more academic, many parents look to preschool to launch their child on the path to success in school. At The Gardner School, our programs are intentionally designed to help students prepare for Kindergarten by cultivating cognitive, mathematics, and language skills as well as their basic motor and social skills. Beyond many traditional daycare centers, our teachers invest in each child’s development both mentally and physically.
It nurtures their personal growth and curiosity for life. Preschool-age children have active imaginations and a natural curiosity about life. A curriculum-based preschool helps to nurture a child’s personal growth and curiosity by intentionally scaffolding concepts and building upon prior knowledge.
It provides new experiences for holistic development. At the Gardner School, we’ve seen that growth comes from beyond the normal classroom environment. By integrating enrichment classes with our academically-focused curriculum, we provide children with the opportunity to see and do many activities that most would likely not experience until elementary school.
It improves social skills and confidence. Learning how to make friends at an early age is an important part of early childhood development. At the Gardner School, we recognize this is just as important as the mental skills children are developing. As part of our curriculum, we intentionally provide opportunities for students to play and explore outside the classroom in other areas of the school. This allows them to continue making new friends, which helps them develop positive self-esteem.
It allows parents to interact and experience their child’s growth. Children thrive when there is consistency in care between home and school. That’s why we do everything we can to help parents feel informed and equipped to engage their children about the things they’re learning at school. Through the PreciouStatus app, parents can get daily updates on their child’s activities, and meetings are scheduled when necessary for more in-depth conferences with teachers.
See the Benefits for Yourself
Every child has different needs, so it is important to make your preschool choice based on what is best for the child and your family. To learn more about The Gardner School’s curriculum-based preschool, or to see it for yourself, contact us today to schedule a tour.