MECK Pre-K Blog

MECK Pre-K Blog

Welcome to the MECK Pre-K Blog.
Check back regularly for relevant information on MECK Pre-K and Early Education.

Benefits of Pre-K for Your Child

It can be tough to decide whether to enroll your child in pre-k when they are only 3 or 4 years old. Yet, research has shown that children build a strong foundation in social, pre-academic, and general life skills during preschool. The benefits of pre-k extend beyond...

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What Age Does Pre-K Start?

What Age Does Pre-K Start?

Enrolling your child in a pre-k program is an exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking time for any parent or guardian, especially if it’s your first child. You may be wondering…

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Preschool vs. Pre-Kindergarten: Similarities and Differences

Preschool vs. Pre-Kindergarten: Similarities and Differences

Every child deserves a high-quality early childhood education. This may include both preschool and pre-kindergarten. There are some misconceptions out there concerning these two programs — namely that they’re the same thing. That’s why we’re going to compare preschool and pre-K, and discuss their many differences and similarities.

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Preschool Graduation Tips & Tricks

Are you gearing up for preschool graduation? If so, it’s time to get all your ducks in a row. Here’s everything you need to know to celebrate your little child’s big day. Celebrating Your Child’s Achievement The transition from preschool to kindergarten is a major...

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The Top Traits of an Exceptional Pre-K Teacher

The Top Traits of an Exceptional Pre-K Teacher

As a parent, you want to know your child is in good hands. That’s why we at MECK Pre-K are committed to hiring qualified teachers and assistant teachers in all of our schools. Learn more about what to expect from your child’s pre-K teacher and assistant teacher before the school year begins.

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Why Is Outdoor Play So Important For My Child?

Does your child need to get outdoor play?  Several studies affirm that they indeed do. Why is outdoor play important for preschoolers, how exactly does outdoor play impact your child, and what is the best place for your child to get consistent outdoor play? Let’s...

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How Long Is Pre-K?

How Long Is Pre-K?

Are you getting ready to enroll your child in pre-K? If so, you probably have some questions about your child’s age, program duration, and scheduling considerations. Here’s what you need to know before enrollment.

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Everything You Need to Know for Pre-K Enrollment

Everything You Need to Know for Pre-K Enrollment

Pre-K is a major component of a great early childhood education. This program helps prepare children for the social and academic challenges ahead in kindergarten and all their schooling to come. Given the importance of pre-K, many parents experience stress about whether or not their child is ready, or how to enroll. We’re here to help by answering all of these questions!

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What Age Is Pre-K?

What Age Is Pre-K?

The average age of a child entering pre-K in the US is between three and four, but typically pre-K starts at age four. Programs that accept children at younger ages may be categorized as preschools, not pre-K.

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How to Find a Free Pre-K Near You

How to Find a Free Pre-K Near You

Believe it or not, pre-k programs aren’t all free of charge. Certain programs are limited based on income requirements, while others vary by state. Here are a few things to know as you search for free pre-K options in your area.

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Navigating the Pre-K Admissions Process

Navigating the Pre-K Admissions Process

Once upon a time, it seems, parents didn’t have to think about lining up schooling for their children for the first few years. Today, parents are researching, contacting, and applying to programs mere months after their child’s birth. Understanding the pre-kindergarten admissions process for one’s child can be daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this primer.

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A Pre-K Education Starts With the Right Curriculum

A Pre-K Education Starts With the Right Curriculum

The key difference between preschool and daycare is the pre-K curriculum. A curriculum is what educators intend to teach their students over the course of a semester or school year. A preschool curriculum should encourage learning and growth in a number of areas to prepare children for kindergarten. This includes their literacy abilities, social skills, attitude toward learning, and much more.

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How Do I Know Which Public Pre-K Option Is Best for Me?

How Do I Know Which Public Pre-K Option Is Best for Me?

The preschool years for children are a vital time for their emotional, cognitive, and social development. It is where they make decisions, socialize, interact with others, and develop their speech, motor, and sensory skills. Attending a high-quality education program at this level can set children up for academic success in the future. This is why it is important to make an informed decision on which public pre-K to send your child to.

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When Should I Start Thinking About Pre-K?

When Should I Start Thinking About Pre-K?

It’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s pre-K options. However, you shouldn’t enroll them until they’re the appropriate age and have the minimum skills they need to adjust to a pre-K environment.

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What Is The Difference Between Preschool and Pre-K?

What Is The Difference Between Preschool and Pre-K?

In this post, we’ll answer the question, “What is the difference between preschool and pre-K?” and explain the importance of a pre-K program for your children. Research shows that a high-quality pre-K program benefits children not only throughout their education but even during adulthood.

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What Should I Know Before Enrolling My Child in a Pre-K Program?

What Should I Know Before Enrolling My Child in a Pre-K Program?

Parents have a limited time to decide on a pre-K program and enroll a child. They can prepare in advance by knowing their options and gathering supporting documents to accompany their application. When parents have what is needed for pre-K enrollment, the process goes more smoothly!

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Is Pre-K Better than Keeping My Child at Home?

Is Pre-K Better than Keeping My Child at Home?

As a parent, you want the best for your child and will do anything to ensure they have an excellent education. But you may be wondering whether you should send them to pre-K or whether you should homeschool them instead. It’s a difficult question, and you will be searching for some detailed answers.

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How Important Is Pre-K to Childhood Development?

How Important Is Pre-K to Childhood Development?

Pre-K is a classroom-based education designed to help children build social, physical, emotional, and cognitive skills. At the same time, it introduces classroom learning so that children are familiar with the process when they get to kindergarten.

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Top Reasons Your Child Should Attend Pre-K

Top Reasons Your Child Should Attend Pre-K

Are you uncertain about whether or not to enroll your child in a pre-k program? To help you make an informed decision that you can feel confident about, we’ve created a list of the top reasons your child should attend pre-k.

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What is the Cost Savings of Public Pre-K?

What is the Cost Savings of Public Pre-K?

Early childhood education is a critical part of a child’s academic, mental, emotional, and social development. Early childhood education also encourages children to communicate, create, cooperate, and think critically, which are important skills to help them succeed in life as they get older.

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What Do Children Need to Know Before Starting Kindergarten?

What Do Children Need to Know Before Starting Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an exciting time for families across the country. It’s a massive step for any child, as they’ll be away from their parents longer than ever before. They are developing skills and learning new concepts at a faster pace than they did at home.

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New Study on the Benefits of Early Education

New Study on the Benefits of Early Education

This summer, the Becker Friedman Institute released a new study about the benefits of early education. The paper studies benefits among participants in a high-quality early childhood education program…

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Is Pre-K Really Worth It?

Is Pre-K Really Worth It?

Pre-kindergarten is an optional program that parents can enroll their children in, usually at age four and during the school year preceding kindergarten. Many parents opt to have their kids skip pre-k entirely, usually in an effort to save money. 

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What Do Children Learn in Pre-K?

What Do Children Learn in Pre-K?

Pre-k offers children many new opportunities for learning and friendship. Meeting other kids and making friends is part of the fun, though they also develop some practical skills…

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