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Does Preschool Really Make a Difference for Your Child’s Development?

Besides the joy of having some time to yourself while your child is in caring and capable hands, preschool services present a vast amount of opportunities for your child's development. Preschool helps children develop the skills they need to have social, academic, and emotional success and here is why.

Besides the joy of having some time to yourself while your child is in caring and capable hands, preschool services present a vast amount of opportunities for your child's development. Preschool helps children develop the skills they need to have social, academic, and emotional success and here is why. 

Social Development

Children are at their most impressionable at a young age - they are gaining experiences and taking notice of the world around them in order to learn how to successfully interact with others. When learning in a preschool classroom setting, children are engaging in group activities where they learn essential life skills such as getting along with others , compromising, showing respect for others, sharing, and contributing to a group experience.

Preschool and child care services emphasize teaching social skills that can help children be good students, both now and in the future. By interacting with teachers and other children, they can practice raising hands, taking turns and sharing the attention of the teacher. Children learn how to be comfortable separating from their parents for longer periods of time. Having strong practice with these social skills allows children to be more ready to learn in a school setting.

Routine Adjustment 

When parenting at home, it is normal for things to not go as planned. While this is important for teaching flexibility, children are better able to focus on learning in a future school setting when they also have exposure to routines. Preschool services help children become comfortable with schedules and routines, which will help them to adjust to their future education. 

Cognitive Development

Children's preschool services provide a strong exposure to math, literacy, and science through activities that children find interesting and meaningful. From activities such as reading books as part of a group, creating art, and building with a variety of materials, preschool will give children a much stronger foundation of pre-reading skills, a broader vocabulary, and more solid math skills. Preschool presents children with copious opportunities to learn more about the world around them through experimentation, collaboration, conversation, and exploration. 

Independence and Confidence

A great preschool will give children the freedom to safely challenge themselves and explore the world around them. Through exploring, taking on challenges and encountering trial and error, children build confidence and discover that they are capable of solving problems. When they learn how to make decisions about which friend to play with, how to prepare their own snack, and how to choose which art materials to use, they learn how to be independent and gain the confidence that will help them to learn. 

At Tender Care Learning Centers, we aim to offer parents something beyond the norm of children’s preschool services. Each of our childcare programs throughout the Connecticut and Pittsburgh area provide your child with a foundation for growth, helping them to flourish socially, mentally and physically. Our directors and teachers are committed to helping your child learn and grow, and develop the skills they need to succeed later in life. When enrolling your child in preschool services, make sure you make the best decision possible by enrolling him or her in the child care programs at Tender Care Learning Center.

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Tender Care Accreditations

Tender Care is a Pennsylvania and Connecticut state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PennAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.

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Accreditation

Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

Keystone STARS

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The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.