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Many people wonder if preschool is really necessary. After all, can’t kids just stay home with a babysitter or relative until they are old enough for kindergarten?  Preschool provides essential opportunities for social, emotional, and academic development that lay the foundation for future success in school and in life.

At Stepping Stones Child Care in The Woodlands, TX, we offer a safe, nurturing environment where your child can explore, learn, and grow. Our highly trained staff is committed to helping every child reach their full potential. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of preschool and what your child will learn while attending our program.

Social Development

One of the most important things children learn in preschool is how to interact with their peers. They learn how to share, take turns, and cooperate with others. These are all essential skills that will help them succeed both academically and socially in the future.

At Stepping Stones Child Care, we encourage positive social interaction through group activities and play. Children have the opportunity to make new friends and develop relationships with their peers. They also learn how to resolve conflict peacefully through conversation and negotiation. These skills will serve them well both inside and outside the classroom for years to come.

Emotional Development

In addition to social skills, children also begin to develop emotionally in preschool. They learn how to express their emotions in appropriate ways and understand the emotions of others. They also gain a better sense of self-awareness and begin to develop empathy for others.

At Stepping Stones Child Care, we provide a supportive environment where children feel comfortable expressing themselves. We also teach them how to deal with difficult emotions like frustration, anger, and disappointment in healthy ways. These skills will help them manage stress and navigate challenging situations throughout their lives.

Academic Development

Although it may surprise some people, preschool is also an important time for academic development. Children begin to learn basic academic concepts like numbers, shapes, colors, and letters. They also start developing important pre-reading skills like phonemic awareness (the ability to hear individual sounds in words) and phonics (the relationship between those sounds and written symbols).

Most importantly, children who attend preschool are more likely to succeed academically when they start kindergarten. They tend to have better attendance rates, earn higher grades, and are less likely to need special education services than their peers who did not attend preschool.

Contact Stepping Stones Child Care Today!

Preschool is an important time for social, emotional, AND academic development! At Stepping Stones Child Care in The Woodlands TX, we offer a safe, nurturing environment where your child can explore, learn, and grow. Our highly trained staff is committed to creating an atmosphere that promotes learning, discovery, and creativity.

We also offer before-and after-school programs for elementary school students who need extra help with homework or just want to participate in fun enrichment activities like art or music class. Contact us today at 281-298-5838 to learn more about our programs!

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