Q. Does preschool really matter that much?
A. Absolutely! Children absorb so much in their early years. A strong preschool experience gives kids a definite leg up. They benefit socially by learning to follow rules, to work in groups, and to get along with different kinds of personalities. Academically, they benefit enormously as well. Research shows that kids who attend a quality program start kindergarten with a bigger vocabulary and stronger basic skills -- and they develop habits and attitudes about learning that stick with them for life. Ensuring quality preschool programs is the first step toward improving our overall education system.