The Daycare Advantage

All three of my kids have been in various forms of daycare throughout their lives.  It’s an extremely important decision and any hints in finding a great daycare are extremely helpful.  I hope this series of Guest Posts help you find the best choice for your family!

Daycare costs are on the rise.  Unfortunately, it is not exactly something that can be left out of the budget, and unless you are lucky enough to have a family member, or friend care for your child at work, then you are forced to make peace with the prices.  Easier said than done, no doubt.

These days some parents are taking on a second job in order to pay for the necessities in life, and day care is definitely a necessity.  Once parents have accepted the fact that they will have to pay, they can start to search around for a day care that will provide them with the best bang for their buck.  So why not, give your children an opportunity to start their education early and develop their social skills at an educational day care, the fact is you are going to pay regardless so why not make it worth your hard earned money.

Does Certified Make a Difference?

It has been clearly demonstrated that even one year of attendance at a certified preschool in which young children have opportunities for cognitive development through age-appropriate learning activities (such as educational games and other forms of constructive play) gives a child a tremendous advantage when they enter kindergarten. Such children have superior skills in reading, writing and speaking and mathematics – which are the foundation of every other subject. Additionally, children with a year or more of academic preschool have better social skills and are able to function better in a group setting. The effects of a quality preschool education will last a lifetime – and make it far more likely that the child will succeed, as an adult in a Darwinian economic and social system in which every person is for him or herself and the only rule is “survival of the fittest.”

Start at the Beginning

The human brain undergoes rapid growth throughout the preschool years; it is safe to say that what happens to a child during the first five years of life largely shapes the adult s/he will become. At this stage of a child’s life, s/he develops his/her basic language skills, a sense of self, his/her place in the group and the role of culture – all the basic tools required to function in a given society.

The growth that occurs in a child between birth and age five has a tremendous impact on their performance in school later on; this is a well-known fact that Educators have long realized (even if policymakers refuse to acknowledge it). The preschool years are those in which an elastic, malleable brain is “hardwired.” So why not take advantage of that by finding the best-certified daycare option available?

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas
Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Austin day care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of day care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.

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