Universal Preschool Commentary
We've assembled provocative opinion and commentary on the value, or lack thereof,
of universal preschool and the importance of parental involvement in early childhood
development. Whether you agree or not, we hope this section will at least make you
scratch your head and say, "hmmmmm..."
10 Things Your Preschool Won't Tell You
"We're licensed, but that doesn't mean we're any good." Most three- and four-year-olds go to preschool these days â€" a big switch from 1960, when just 10 percent of them did, according to NIEER.
One reason: Most state licensing requirements pertain to safety and health rather than quality. That means a school might take extra care to make sure the toilet bowl plunger isn't within a toddler's reach, but it might not require its teachers to have much education. Some states, in fact, don't require any academic degree to be a preschool teacher. Average teacher turnover at preschools ranges between 30 and 50 percent annually, says NAEYC. Those who do stay may not be well trained.
December 14, 2004
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