There is compelling evidence of the long-term benefits of attending universal preschool. Some states have developed high-quality programs in math and reading that have proven gainful. Further studies have also found that kids who attend preschool are less likely to re-sit their exams, drop out of high school, or turn to crime. Overall, the benefits of universal preschools far outweigh the costs for the economically disadvantaged families.
While many teachers and parents agree on the advantages of universal preschool, the problem with public financing still remains as the government experiments with different approaches towards education. Some teachers fear that universal preschools may replace worksheets with multiple-choice sheet exams that are also happening in first grade. This is not what educators want to see being introduced if the government expands public preschools in more states.
The best thing parents and educators can do is to open a dialogue with elementary school teachers in order to ease the transition. A meeting between preschool and elementary school teachers will break down the barriers. The benefits of universal preschools may be more profound if there is co-operation and collaboration between the two schools.
School principals should also get to know young kids’ learning needs so that they can effectively coach pre-k classes. A little guidance from elementary schools can work wonders for kindergarten kids. Public schools should be more encouraged to help their youngest students flourish and progress with their reading and spelling.
Kindergarten kids will have the foundational skills that help them succeed at school. Educators know the importance of reading, listening, and interacting. They teach kids how to spell their names and tell the difference between a letter and a number, so the earlier they start learning, the better off these children will be.