Why you should send your toddler to Preschool & Kindergarten
In the United States, preschool and kindergarten attendance is not compulsory, at
least at the federal level. It has been federally mandated that all children in the
United States must begin attending school, whether it is public, private, or home-
school, by the time he or she is 8 years of age.
Each state is allowed to set its own rules and regulations when it comes to
compulsory education: some states require that children enter compulsory
education by the time he or she is 5 years of age while other states have required
that children do not have to attend compulsory education until the federally
mandated age of 8.
Although it is up to each parent or set of parents to determine whether or not their
child or children are ready to attend school, numerous studies have shown that
there are incalculable, proven benefits for children who attend preschool and
kindergarten in Walnut.
Kindergarten is typically attended by children who are at least 5 years old, first
grade by 6 years old, and so on. Preschool is usually reserved for children who are
not yet 5 years of age. It should be noted that states who do not mandate that
children attend school by the age of 8 essentially means that children in that state
do not have to attend school until the third grade.
It has been reported that when children attend preschool and kindergarten- i.e.,
when children attend school while they are 3-5 years old- they tend to develop
higher-levels of cognitive, social, and behavioral faculties than their peers who
have not attended preschool in Rowland Heights.
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A well-known study coined the High Scope Perry Preschool Study followed a
group of 123 African-American children who were born between 1979-1980 in the
lowest-income neighborhoods of Michigan and split them up into two groups: a
group of 58 who attended a preschool program and another group of 67 who did
not attend a preschool program.
By the time they were in first grade, not only did the children who attended
preschool have better math and reading abilities than their peers who had not
attended preschool, but they were also better behaved and more self-reliant.
The study also charted and followed the long-term effects and benefits of an early
childhood education for those children. A higher percentage of children who had
received a preschool education graduated from college when compared to the
children who did not attend preschool (77% vs 60%). Even at the age of 40, those
who had attended preschool still showed more positive signs and habits than those
who had not attended preschool. Those who attended preschool had higher
earnings on average: 60% of the people who had attended preschool earned at least
$20,000 by the time they were in their 40s and only 40% of the people who had not
attended preschool earned at least $20,000 per year.