Early Education is a BIG Choice
Preschools are becoming more prevalent in the United States because mothers and fathers are no longer staying at home with their children until kindergarten. Some families make this decision based off the need to work. Others make the decision based on brain research and the benefits that are linked to early exposure to preschool environments. Regardless of the reason parents are looking at preschools in their areas and trying to find the best place for their child. A family may visit and tour a handful of preschools without ever calling into question the philosophical attributes of the school. These schools at first glance may all look and feel very similar which makes choosing one over the other difficult and confusing at times. It prevents a logical decision about the philosophical needs of the individual family from being made and evokes a decision drawn primarily from emotion. Normally there is a very organized individual assisting in the tour, pointing out the positive attributes and phenomenal things that the school has to offer. The good news is that these positive attributes and phenomenal things do usually exist in the spaces being shown. The bad news is that often times the day-to-day execution is falling short of its own potential. Without knowing the underbelly of the early education industry it is almost impossible for anyone to decipher what is missing from their touring experience. I have a graduate degree in Human Development and Child Psychology with a focus on Early Childhood Education and received my teaching certification. As the daughter of a preschool teacher, I grew up with exposure to the inner workings of young academia. What this makes me is opinionated, frustrated and concerned. I am informed and experienced and I want to help you.
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