Preschool vs. Daycare
Parents want what's best for their children, especially when they have to part ways with their kiddies. One common decision that must be made is whether to send your child to preschool or daycare. There are differences between the two that you should consider when choosing.
What's the difference?
There are many benefits to the academic preschool curriculum, as its name implies. It is a precursor to grade school, meaning that academic preschool programs will focus more on the introductory skills a child will need when entering kindergarten. This can greatly benefit them in the long run, as it has been proven that children who do not receive a good preschool education have a tougher time reaching success down the road.
Preschool teachers are required to have college credits in early childhood education.
While some daycare centers do provide some form of education, they mostly just act as a safe environment in which parents can drop their children off when they are busy with work or other responsibilities. Daycare centers allow children to socialize with others without parents having to rely on a nanny. They do not, however, provide children with the necessary academic building blocks for success.
Both preschools and daycares are licensed by the state.
The state requires rigorous and thorough background checks to ensure the safety of children in child care programs.