Preschool is recognized as an important first step in a child’s education that lays the foundation for future success. While most parents recognize the benefits of preschool, many find choosing the right school a challenge. While economics may play a role in your school selection, you should consider private preschools because they often provide more benefits than public preschools.
Availability is the primary reason you should choose a private preschool. Your state or school district may not offer public preschools and if they do, they may be at capacity or have income restrictions. Private preschools are widely available and the cost of the school is typically no more than the cost of regular daycare.
Lower Student to Teacher Ratio
Public preschools are often underfunded, therefore class sizes are larger and the number of teachers is lower. As a result, your child may feel overwhelmed by the number of students in the classroom and receive less attention from the teacher.
Private preschools, like private primary schools, have lower student to teacher ratios. Therefore, your child’s teacher can spend more time with individual students. Children that receive more individualized attention are less likely to misbehave and more likely to seek positive attention.
A smaller class size also means your child will develop a sense of community that would otherwise be difficult to cultivate in an overcrowded classroom.
Specialized Education Programs
Private preschools offer various teaching methods, from Montessori to Waldorf and from play-based to parent-participation.
Not all teaching styles are beneficial to all children though. Your child may thrive in a Montessori classroom where children are allowed to choose their focus or you may want to be more involved in your child’s education and decide on a parent-participation preschool. Either way, you’ll have more options available than with a public preschool.
Teacher Has More Flexibility
Because public schools must abide by the state’s curriculum requirements, there are fewer opportunities for teachers to go off script, even in preschool classrooms. Private preschools provide teachers with more creative control and flexibility.
This doesn’t mean they don’t emphasize important lessons, such as cooperation, social skills, an interest in math and science, and early reading skills. What it does mean is that your child’s teacher can adapt their projects and lessons to their students’ development. They’ll also have more opportunities and funding to schedule field trips and bring guest speakers to class, such as a beekeeper to show and tell about a bee’s life cycle.
Private preschools provide many more benefits, including extended care and more opportunities for parent involvement. If cost is your primary concern, inquire about payment plans or scholarships. Don’t write off a program that will provide your child with the best chance at success. For more information, call a professional like Montessori Greenhouse School.