Giving Young Residents a Strong Start

Giving Young Residents a Strong Start

Do you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old next fall? It’s time to start thinking about preschool. On October 28th, Newton’s Health and Human Services Department will be hosting a preschool fair from 10 AM – 12 PM at Newton South High School in the cafeteria. Come learn about preschool options in the community and ask questions all in one place.

Perhaps you aren’t sure if you can afford preschool. Or perhaps you aren’t sure if preschool fits with your family or cultural values. Come learn more! Health and Human Services staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide sample questions to ask preschool directors, share some tips on seeking financial assistance and generally support you through your preschool exploration. There will also be fun activities for kids.

It is hard to find a better investment than an investment in early education. While as parents we might see preschool as a place of painting and block play, the skills that are developed in high quality preschools are critical preparation for success in school and beyond. Young children learn social skills, problem solving, build independence, and develop foundational skills that are critical to later achievements in reading, writing and math. And those early experiences have lasting impacts, with research showing long term benefits of preschool correlated to higher IQ, increased high school graduation rates, better overall health and well-being, and higher incomes in adulthood. Come help your child get the strongest start possible! Learn more at www.newtonma.gov/preschool where you will find information about early education, a guide to Newton preschools and more.

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