Originally Posted by maya44
This is a thread about PRESCHOOL. Preschool is NOT day care. Some day caree may have a preschool component. But they are NOT the same. Some people may like to call their day care "preschool" but that is not what it is.
Babies do not go to preschool. Preschool is generally for children ages 3-5. Its usually for a few hours (2-3) per day. The issues are simply not the same.
I can see your point and I apologize for assuming that all preschool programs are like daycare in that they are for kids ages 3-5 to attend all day every day. However, I think the point of the article, even though it is specifically about full time care, sheds light on what many parents either don’t realize or don’t care to know, which is that kids put into an environment with total strangers (kids and adults included) are not in an optimal setting. Even for just a few hours each day. Sure, many may have a “good time” while they are with their same-aged peers and many programs may actually have great teachers who genuinely care about each of the 15 or so kids she/he cares for, but it is not the same as one to one care from a loving parent. To me, it’s about optimal environment, not just satisfactory or OK.
Here’s recent research specifically about preschool. The entire report is yet to be completed, but preliminary results and discussion are included on the site.http://pace.berkeley.edu/summary_23DA10_new.doc
Boongirl, below is an excerpt from this study regarding social development.
Our findings are consistent with the negative effect of non-parental care on the single dimension of social development first detected by the NICHD research team. That study compared attendance in any type of child care to remaining in parental care. Our study contrasts children’s exposure to preschool centers, specifically, to remaining in parental care. And while the NICHD study looked at a single dimension of behavior, we find that the decrement to social development is not limited to one domain, externalizing or aggressive behavior. Our analysis reveals that this drag on the typical pace of social development is moderate in magnitude and extends across all three forms of social-emotional growth.
Furthermore, the authors of Holding Onto Your Kids, why Parents need to Matter more then Peers, coin a new term called preschooler syndrome. This "syndrome" is marked by immature behaviors exhibited by children even into their adult years. The reason? Too much interaction with peers, who act as the social barometer. The bottom line...kids learn social skills from their parents/adults in their lives, not from their peers. Young children learn how to hit, bite, take away toys from each other not how to be kind, respectful, gentle, giving, independent thinkers.
From everything I’ve read and seen, preschool is not the place where children learn correct socialization. It’s just a magnifier of preschool-like behavior.