Sending your child to school before kindergarten has many benefits for your child’s future. Evidence shows a person’s life success, health, and emotional well being are rooted in a child having a proper education when they are young.
Studies show children who go to kindergarten without having preschool beforehand are likely to remain behind through their time in school and even afterwards. This gap is called the achievement gap, and it has been growing across the country. But one way to close this gap is by sending children to early learning programs so they are prepared to enter kindergarten, and thus have the tools to become successful adults.
Why is this? Well, the early years of a child’s life builds the foundation for their future development by forming their intelligence, personality, social behaviour, capacity to learn, and their ability to nurture themselves as an adult.
Children are naturally creative and curious, and they start learning on their own at a very young age. But the best way for your child to gain the foundational skills they need for future success in school is by providing an environment where your child can develop cognitive skills, with early learning centres prepared to capitalise on this time when learning happens much faster.
In fact, studies have found early childhood education increases cognitive and achievement scores in children.
Emotional and social development
Sending your child to an early learning program provides a place for children to express their emotions with people who are not family members. This is an important way to help young kids learn how to interact with their peers, develop social skills, and learn how to manage their feelings by sharing toys and playing with other kids.
A proper education before kindergarten can set your child up for success throughout their life. Here are some of the ways:
- Higher earnings: Studies have shown early childhood education can boost a child’s earnings later in life from 1.3 to 3.5 percent.
- Lower the chances of committing a crime: Research shows improving cognitive and social development early in life reduces a person’s involvement with the criminal justice system.
- Reduces the need for remedial education: Studies have found early childhood education may reduce the need for special education placements and remedial education.