There is a significant difference between developmentally appropriate preschool and full time child care. Not the same thing.
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The value of preschool - Page 2post #21 of 2710/12/13 at 1:36pmpost #22 of 2710/12/13 at 2:27pmQuote:
Honestly, I disagree. A high quality full-day child care program isn't very different than a high quality half-day preschool program.post #23 of 2710/14/13 at 7:40amQuote:
How are they different (other than the hours)? Most daycares offer a 'developmentally appropriate' preschool component. Generally, daycacare have a schedule similar to: breakfast, preschool activities (circle time, story time, songs/music, drama, letter recognition/writing, cooking, arts/crafts, seasonal activities, etc...), free time/recess, lunch time, recess, nap, recess, snack time, go home. Most of their 'extra time' at daycare is spent on meals and nap. Preschool activities usually occur between breakfast and lunch, just like part time preschools. The extended hours allow parents who are working to give their children a high-quality pre-school experience without having to quit a job.post #24 of 2710/14/13 at 7:49amQuote:
Acctually, I guess there is a difference. Parents of children in daycare are guilted in to thinking that their children are getting a sub-par education compared to peers in part-day preschool.
In fact, the public preschools here are required to take at-risk children (learning disabilities, disadvantaged homes, etc...) before any normal children can apply. The leftover preschool slots are reserved for 'normally developing peers' whose main job is to model appropriate behavior for the disadvantaged children. The kids in the 'normally developing peer group' are left to color on their own for most of their time there. Preschool is not guaranteed in our state.post #25 of 2710/14/13 at 1:49pm
What I should have said is that not every child care program is a preschool. And not all preschools offer child care. People often use these terms interchangeably. Not all child cares are even trying to be a preschool.
A preschool that is structured as a preschool, that has limited hours and a very focused curriculum is different from a full day child care that is not running as a preschool. That said, there certainly are child care programs that are offering a preschool curriculum as well.
Will take more time to explain next time. Sorry!post #26 of 2710/14/13 at 2:43pmI understand the message you are trying to get across, but I think things have changed drastically in the last decade or so. I can't speak for other states, but the state of Colorado has strict guidelines for pre-schools/daycares as far as instructor educational mandates, and curriculum. Directors of daycare centers or pre-schools must have a masters degree or BA in early childhood education. Teachers/group leaders must have at a bachelors or Associate degree in early childhood education. Aides cannot lead a classroom, but have far fewer educational requirements. Student/teacher ratios are also mandated by the state. Curriculum madates follow something similar to the CORE curriculum standards for older children. All daycares and pre-schools are required to adhere to the curriculum for each age group. The state doesn't differentiate between pre-school and daycare.
Like any schools, pre-schools and daycares may vary quite a bit from school to school, depending on staff and student need. I would suspect that much like elementary schools, pre-schools/daycares in lower socio-economic areas would get children who struggle with the basic compared to their more well-off peers. Some schools don't have resources for high quality field trips and activities. Others may not have experienced staff. So while the curriculum should be the same across the board, how it is presented may differ quite a bit.post #27 of 2710/15/13 at 11:45am
That is true, and they are usually licensed the same also.
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