More than likely your child is your pride and joy. With that being the case, there’s a good chance that you’ve looked into a childhood learning center that goes by one name or another. In fact, there are a lot of different titles people give these kinds of facilities, let’s go over a few before we get too deep into the article:
- Daycare Centers
- Childcare Centers
- Childhood Development Centers
- Child Education Centers
While that list is not every possible title one of these schools can go by, those are the ones that you’ll what the most commonly. Many parents do these kinds of things for their children in hopes that it can help them build a better life in the future.
Are these parents correct in assuming that this path will actually help their children in the future? This can be a hard thing to quantify while your child is still preschool age, so let’s take a look at what these kinds of facilities can actually do for your children.
This has been a topic of much contention among parents and has actually been studied at great length by scientists in all fields that pertain to children. So, let’s take a look at what the professionals have to say on the topic so we can all be a little more informed.
Improved Immune Strength
People get sick. It’s just a fact of life. There are all sorts of pathogens that exist in the world and those pathogens can live pretty much anywhere. In the air, water, blood, on surfaces, in food, the list goes on and on.
As you might have already gathered, the way that our immune systems work is nothing short of complicated. We wouldn’t have the time to get into it in-depth in this article. Immunologists spend years in college just to be able to fully understand how the human immune system works.
We can shorten it up a bit for you, but just be aware that this is a gross oversimplification of how things work. To get started, let’s look at the kinds of pathogens your body can run into. There are:
All of these categories are just umbrella terms for these types of organisms, there are a lot of kinds of each.
When these enter your body, your immune system responds to them. Sometimes your immune system overreacts to invaders, like when you get allergies, and sometimes it reacts the right amount.
Regardless of that, when a pathogen enters your body your immune system steps up to the plate to fight it off one way or another. Sometimes your immune system actually causes symptoms in order to fight off infection. Sneezing is one of the most common ways that this manifests.
In any case, once your body has had an encounter with one of these pathogens, they remember how to deal with it. That means that the odds of getting severely ill from the same thing twice are significantly lowered.
This is important to know for this conversation because when you enroll your child into a daycare program, they’re a lot more likely to run into a whole host of pathogens that they wouldn’t have run into at home.
That sounds like a bad thing, and your child will probably get sick. That’s a good thing in the long run though, training your child’s immune system to be familiar with more and more pathogens
That’s great for your child’s immune system in the long run. It means that their body will be more ready early on for a large number of pathogens, and where better to find pathogens than around a bunch of other kids?
Of course, some kids are very clean but others aren’t quite as much. A lot of kids like to put their mouths on things or sneeze without realizing that they should be covering up their mouths. That means that pathogens can spread pretty easily in daycare centers, making it easy to boost your child’s immune system.
Teaching Social Skills to Social Creatures
As you are probably aware, human beings are incredibly social creatures. We have language to better communicate and have invented a slew of devices just to make talking to one another easier.
Because of that, social skills are an incredibly important part of our day-to-day lives. You’d have a hard time going a full day without using any social skills unless you decided to turn your phone off and hide inside.
You use your social skills whenever you:
- Go to work.
- Take a shopping trip.
- Attend job interviews.
- Go out on dates.
- Make new friends.
- Spend time with old friends.
- Go to family gatherings.
- Buy groceries.
- Pay inside for gas.
- Get on a plane.
- Go to school.
The list could continue to go on and on indefinitely. The point of the matter is that you use social skills pretty much every single time you step out of your house. Children are small humans that haven’t quite learned how to properly use their social skills.
Preschools are a great place to help children learn their social skills early on. The earlier a child is able to learn how to use their social skills, the sooner they’ll show mastery of them. On top of that, children interacting with others that are in the same stage of development as themselves makes a world of difference.
If a child is used to only interacting with adults, they won’t have as much space to learn what does and doesn’t work. Let’s imagine that the children are puppies for a moment. Puppies need other puppies to play with to match their energy and teach one another how hard they’re allowed to go during playtime.
Children operate in a very similar manner. Adults oftentimes don’t have as much patience for children as children do, and it’s even more common for adults to not be able to match the energy levels of children.
There is one other big thing that this helps with, and that is ensuring that your child already has some of their social skills down before they get into kindergarten. No matter how fun kindergarten tries to be, it is still part of the formal education system.
That means that there are certain expectations for learning placed upon your child. It’s not uncommon for children to fall behind when they have to figure out their social skills on top of having to learn everything that there is to teach.
Helping With Every the Loftiest Ambitions
Most parents want to be sure that their children will succeed. It’s only natural for parents to feel this way, they want to have a child that will grow up to be self-sufficient and able to talk care of themselves and their own bills.
In order for them to do that, they’ll probably want to get a good job. Most of the best jobs can only be obtained with a college degree. That’s another thing that these daycare centers can help your child with.
Many studies have concluded that children that are enrolled in preschool programs typically do better with their schooling than those that weren’t. That could translate to them being able to do better in college and get themselves a better job once they’re fully grown adults.
The way that these programs are able to help with that is that they help build a solid foundation for the things that need to be learned moving forward. The basics of any subject can be the trickiest part, especially when you’re trying to learn the foundational material that everything else you’ll learn will be built off of.
There are a lot of things that children are expected to learn about fairly quickly. This is because they are able to learn very quickly. That being said, it can still feel like a balancing act for some children and that can make things difficult.
Preschool programs give them the transitory period that children need in order to be fully ready to learn everything they need to learn, and it even gives them a headstart on their formal education career.
This early learning allows children to walk into their first day of kindergarten with some foundational work already laid out so they can be more confident about what they’re doing moving forward, and that translates very well for the rest of their academic careers.
Building a Better Tomorrow for Your Children
As a parent, it can be tough to figure out what’s going to be best for your child. Every day it feels like there are a thousand people telling you that their way to raise children is the correct way and that your child will never be successful without their help.
This can make it hard to figure out who’s just trying to separate you from your money and who actually wants to help your children. When we find ourselves in this predicament, we usually say to listen to what the science says on the topic and science is pretty clear that a good preschool program can set your child up for success.