According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015, 87% of five-year-olds in the United States were enrolled in preprimary programs. This includes public and private programs such as preschools, day camps, and other early childhood education programs. This percentage has been steadily increasing over the years as there is growing recognition of the importance of early childhood education in the United States.
In 2015, around 51% of 3 to 5-year-olds enrolled in top preschool programs attended full-day programs while the other 49% attended part-day programs, which may have included morning or afternoon sessions. Full-day programs are becoming popular among parents who work full-time and need childcare services during the day. Full-day programs offer more time for children to engage in a wider range of activities and socialization opportunities.
Many top preschools offer activities that are designed to engage children’s imagination, encourage their creativity, and provide a fun and stimulating learning environment. These activities include art and craft activities like painting, drawing, and collage-making to encourage children to express themselves and explore different materials and techniques. They also offer music and movement activities like singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments, which help children develop their motor skills and provide a fun outlet for their energy. Pretend play and outdoor play is also important as it encourages children to engage in imaginative play and help children explore nature and engage in physical activity.