Should you allow your preschooler to attend church preschool?
Are you the parent of a toddler? If you are, you may be in the process of deciding whether you should send your toddler to preschooler or not. Should you decide that preschool is the right option for your child, you will soon find that you have a number of different options. When examining local preschools in your area, you may be put off, so to say, concerning the cost of them. Many preschool programs, especially those that are classified as private preschool programs, are costly. While the cost of a quality education for your preschooler is more than worth it, you may not have the money to spend. If that is the case, you may want to examine preschool programs that are operated by church congregations. One of the benefits to doing so is that most church sponsored preschool programs are more than affordable; in fact, some can be considered quite cheap.
As nice as it is to hear that many church sponsored preschool programs are affordable, many parents are concerned with sending their children to a preschool at a church. Often times, these are parents who are not actively involved in their religion or in church in general. If you are one of those parents, you may be unsure as to whether or not a church preschool is right for your child. If that is a concern of yours, you will want to continue reading on.
While it is important to remember that not all church related preschool programs are the same, you will find that many are similar in nature. This similarity often tends to include who is welcome. In the United States, you will often find that many church sponsored preschool programs are actually open to the general public. These preschool programs will likely require a fee, but, as previously mentioned, that fee is often an affordable one. For that reason, if cost is a concern of yours, you may want to start examining local church sponsored preschool programs to determine if they have any enrolment restrictions.
Another concern of many parents, when examining church related preschool programs, is the curriculum that will be taught. When examining preschool curriculum, it is once again important to remember that preschool programs vary. With that in mind, you will likely find that many of your church sponsored preschool programs are operated like most public and private preschool programs. Perhaps, the only difference is that religion may be touched on a little bit in each session. With that in mind, you will likely find that your child will walk away learning their letters, numbers, colors, ABCs, and anything else that they would likely learn at another preschool.
Before deciding to enroll your child in a preschool program, whether it be a church sponsored program or not, you will want to proceed with caution. Before signing any enrollment paper or paying any fees, it is important that you take the time to meet with all church officials, namely those handling the preschool program, as well as examine those officials in action as well. This will not only give you the opportunity to examine what your child’s day will be like, but it will also give you the opportunity to meet with preschool officials and ask about any questions or concerns that you may have. This may help to “calm,” your nerves, as well as help you make a well-informed decision.
As a reminder, most church sponsored preschool programs do not require preschool students or their families to be members of their church congregation. With that in mind, it is important to also remember that it depends on the church in question. Even if you are not actively involved in your religion or in church, you may be surprised with what you find yourself doing after seeing after what the church has done for your child. Many parents have been known to become members of the church that their preschooler attended preschool at.