Benefits of Private Preschool


Equipping your children with the tools necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world is one of the hallmarks of good parenting, and one of the earliest accepted steps toward achieving this is to send your children to the right preschool. But is preschool really necessary, and if so, what are the benefits of going private instead of public?

Why preschool matters

Many studies have found that most pre-kindergarten programs do a good job of helping children improve specific skills like phonics and counting. Studies have also found that preschool helps children develop social and emotional skills and that children who attend preschool tend to have higher average test scores on state math tests.

The National Public Radio sought to find out whether these positive effects were maintained in the long term, and discovered that the main difference between long-term and short-term preschool benefits lay with the quality of the preschool program. “Experts cite several key elements in ‘high-quality’ preschool: small class sizes, student-directed learning and lots of open-ended play. And researchers have warned that outcomes are short-lived when those elements are not present,” Elissa Nadworny writes in a November 2016 article for NPR.org.

In other words, there is little doubt that preschool is a crucial foundational block for your children. Thus, the important question to answer is not whether your child should attend preschool, but rather which preschool they should go to, highlighting the importance of the private vs public debate.

Benefits of private school

It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the smaller the class size, the better the average student performs on academic achievement tests, a sentiment echoed in the aforementioned NPR article. Consequently, attending a private school is a significant benefit, as class sizes tend to be half as large as that of public schools. “Private schools vary greatly in size, but depending on their teaching style, almost all focus on the importance of small class sizes to individually help students’ weak areas and advance their strengths,” Caroline Maga wrote in an October 2009 article for OurKids.net.

Another advantage is the reduction of bureaucracy for teachers, allowing them to refine their teaching methods the way they believe is best rather than for the purpose of passing a standardized test. Because private schools don’t have to abide by certain state regulations, they can also devote less time to paperwork and more time to your children’s education. “They are also not compelled to focus on test scores,” Maureen Boland writes in a November 2016 article for BabyCenter.com. “As a result, teachers tend to enjoy more autonomy in the classroom and have more creative control over their teaching methods.”

One further benefit of private schools is the increased parental involvement. Compared to public schools, private schools tend to encourage more parent participation and make it a priority to involve them in the community. “From frequent parent-teacher meetings, social events such as parent breakfasts and family camping weekends, and the participation of parent committees in fundraising initiatives, families become an integral part of the child’s education,” Maga writes. “This common ground also help strengthen parent-child relationships.”

It’s ultimately clear that sending your child to a private school comes with many benefits well worth the added cost over private school. What’s more, the better the preschool program, the more long-lasting the benefits will be throughout your children’s academic lives.

 

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