Reasons why preschool is important!

Reasons why preschool is important:

  • Young children are curious and they learn by playing. Preschool educates children on how they should learn and it provides different opportunities to learn in ways that connect with them, their interests, and building a positive association with learning. At Rochester Childfirst Network, we offer daily play because we know the importance of it at a young age.
  • At preschool, your child will be able to develop social skills by spending time with other children and adults. Involving kids in this environment offers them multiple opportunities to learn how to make friends, listen, cooperate, and communication skills. Rochester Childfirst Network focuses on social-emotional behaviors helping our kids to thrive in any setting.
  • Interacting with other children might cause minor conflicts that can result in emotional challenges such as frustration and anger. These conflicts offer opportunities for “teachable moments” where kids receive encouragement from their teacher on how their behavior impacts others. Children start practicing interpersonal problem-solving skills to solve these minor conflicts.
  • Teachers provide activities that help children develop pre-literacy skills. While children are singing songs, they learn rhymes that allow them to differentiate between different sounds, listen to read-aloud stories, and playing with letters.
  • Preschool also offers a foundation for math for future success through guided play and activities. Games such as play matching or counting games help students develop an understanding of numbers.
  • Children have active imaginations and the preschool setting nurtures their creativity and curiosity. Teachers are trained to assist children to develop ideas and thoughts, encourage their curiosity by asking questions, and listen to their ideas rather than turning the conversation into “correct” answers or behaviors.
  • At preschool, teachers make sure they include their student’s decisions into their daily routine. Students are allowed to pick what activities they would like to do, following their interests but also learn decision-making skills. In addition, teachers help those children that are not sure how to enter a group of kids playing by offering them suggestions on how they can join the group.
  • Children learn how to take care of themselves by being responsible in the classroom. Students are expected to wash their hands, keep their belongings in their personal cubbies, and put their toys or materials back when they are done using them.
  • Children start learning how to take care of each other. Teachers encourage children to help others learn skills, to help out in the classroom, fix the calendar, or help set up an activity for the class.
  • Preschool helps children learn language skills in a language-rich environment. Teachers introduce new vocabulary during activities, they ask questions, read books, and sing.
  • Some preschool activities challenge children to try new things, solve problems, and observe the little things that surround them. These activities help children develop cognitive skills that in the future, will help them to learn more.
  • Preschool helps children develop motor skills through activities that require physical coordination. Some activities can be threading, drawing, or cutting with scissors. At Rochester Childfirst Network, we have a muscle room where we encourage physical activities while learning.
  • A high-quality education program will offer children both protected play time and skills development that prepare them for kindergarten.

Rochester Childfirst Network offers free preschool for 3 and 4 years old in center city. You can find us on the first floor of the Sibley Building. In addition, we offer services to children up to 12 years old at our South Ave site.