Early childhood and preschool (3s & 4s) are the earliest points of entry into our Catholic Schools. Research has shown that a high-quality preschool experience has positive effects on the brain architecture and development in a child’s early years1, particularly when the program is focused on supporting a “range of early skills, including cognitive (early language, literacy, math), social (theory of mind, empathy, prosocial), persistence, attention, and self-regulation and executive function skills (the voluntary control of attention and behavior).”2
The Catholic Preschool experience supports the whole child through the development of these early skills, which are critical through the preschool years and in preparation for the elementary school experience.
1 National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2007). The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do. Retrieved from www.developingchild.harvard.edu.
2 Hirokazu Yoshiwaka et al., Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education, Foundation for Child Development, 2013.