Other Free Encyclopedias » Social Issues Reference » Child Development Reference - Vol 6 » Preschool - History And Demographics, Program Differences, Impact Of The Preschool Experience, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Cultural Variations

Preschool - History And Demographics

children programs school women

Preschool programs began in earnest in the United States during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The philosophical foundations for these programs can be traced to the belief, popularized during the seventeenth century, that early childhood is a unique period of life during which the foundation for all subsequent learning is established. The early programs often began informally and involved the efforts of women who took turns caring for each other's children. The first public preschool program began at the Franklin School in Chicago in 1925 with the support of the Chicago Women's Club.

The popularity of preschool as an option for young children increased dramatically after the 1970s. In 1970, for example, only 20 percent of three- and four-year-olds participated in organized education programs. In 1998, approximately half of all children in this age range attended a full-time pre-school program. The increasing popularity of pre-school has been fueled in part by an increase in the number of women entering the work force as well as by a belief among many parents and educators that children need early preparation for elementary school.

Preschool - Program Differences [next]

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or

Vote down Vote up

over 3 years ago

Preschool - History And Demographics

Vote down Vote up

over 4 years ago

I was a waitress for 25 years when I decided it was time for a career change. I accepted a position as a teachers assistant in a learning support classroom. I loved it. The teacher I worked with encouraged me to go back to school and get my degree. At the age of 42 I did.My professor told me I would make a good pre-school teacher. I told her I was to old and that I enjoyed working with my middle schoolers. I was offered a teacher position with the Head Start program (3-5 year olds). I accepted. It is the best thing I ever did. It is a truly rewarding experience and I love going to work every day.

Vote down Vote up

about 6 years ago

I really love kids and would like to be a preschool teacher my self.But i know it is a lot of work but i Know if i put my hard work in to it i can do it