Child Development

Back To The Future

3 Key Factors For Your Preschooler’s Successful Future

A quick quiz for you: when does a child’s future begin?

  1. When they enter the preschool classroom
  2. When they first enter the world
  3. Before they’re even born

If you guessed a or b then you are wrong.

Yes, your child’s education begins when they enter the preschool classroom. They begin to learn the ABC’s the 123’s and how to interact with other children their age. Preschool is where your toddler embarks on their first experiences without mom or dad always around. It’s where their first friends and memories are made.

Likewise, your child’s life really begins when they enter the world. Sure, you as a parent planned, stressed, and counted the days down before they’d make their appearance, but their life—as a real, thriving human—doesn’t begin until they are born. Sensory experiences are molded from the moment they enter the world, memories become formed, and even their first learning occurs. After birth your child grows, learning how to walk, talk, and become the tiny people their future selves were meant to be.

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However, it’s not at birth when your child’s future begins. Contrary to what you might believe, your child’s future begins before they’re even born. Your own family life and history plays a huge role on how well your preschooler will perform in the future.

I’ve already discussed the importance of finding a quality preschool and how to go about searching for the San Diego preschool that is right for your toddler, but what about the time before they’re even born can you do to help?

The most important factors that dictate your child’s future are:

  • Income
  • Household Background
  • Educational Encouragement

Let’s take a look at how these three points can impact your child’s life.

Income

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Unfortunately, income plays a large role in the world that your child will grow up in. Is it right? Absolutely not. However, it is a fact. Children growing up in impoverish situations are less like to have the opportunities that children in higher income settings will. In a recent estimate, nearly 53% of school aged children in poverty situations, did not attend preschool in 2008-2010. Not only will the preschools available be likely overcrowded, but they will likely be underfunded as well. If you’re concerned about how and where your child will attend preschool, then consider starting your search for the right school now. Explore your neighborhood preschools, check the quality and level of academic preparedness they put on their students. If you feel like these preschools are not the right fit for the life you’d like your child to have, then begin exploring other options. Private preschools are typically less crowded and have a great deal more funding because of the cost of tuition. Find a suitable cost for your budget and see how you can start saving before your child is born to give them an education you believe they deserve.

Household Background

Much like income, a child’s household background plays a huge role in the life they will lead. Homes that are not family oriented, for example, will see an increase in stress in children, leading to a lack of early child education. Things as common as divorce can cause a drop in toddlers’ grades, participation, focus, and attendance to develop. For many children, broken families are something they cannot control, but school is. Therefore, schoolwork and education are frequently some of the earlier things to go when dealing with separation. Abuse is also a high impact situation that forces children to forfeit their academic preparedness regardless of the quality of preschool they are attending. Even low impact situations, such as parents who work more than forty hours a week, can take a toll on a child’s mentality. Take a look at your household before you bring a preschooler into the picture and question how they may be affected by the way it operates.

Educational Encouragement

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Following in line with a child’s household background is the educational encouragement that they receive from their family. Whether it be reading before bed, taking time to practice age appropriate and developmentally friendly games, or participating in activities that encourage fine and gross motor skills can help give your child a leg up when looking toward their future. Though most preschoolers are taught the basics in their preschool classroom, the learning comes to a halt when they get home. When things like practicing reading is not enforced at home, it has a direct impact on their ability to read in school. Instead, make time to practice age-appropriate lessons and see your child flourish in the future.

What other important factors do you find play a role in your child’s future?

How can you help foster a healthy learning environment for your child?

Comment below with any tips and tricks!

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