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Are Daycare Centers the same as Preschool?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:55 PM on Jun. 25, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • No. I'm a certified teacher. Also, some parents are unaware that most "preschools" are in fact day care. If you're wanting your kid to be in a preschool (which would start at the earliest 3 yrs old, but usually age 4), then you need to ask to see their curriculum.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 6:46 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Not necessarily. Some daycare centers provide a preschool type program, others just provide child care. It depends on the center.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 1:13 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Some are, some aren't. you need to call and ask the director if it is or not

    Answer by fallnangel3 at 1:24 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • If it is called a "preschool" then they will have a curriculum and teach the kids in the mornings. If it is called a "daycare" then they may not be teaching, they may just be babysitting. Some daycares will teach, but some won't. They definitely teach at "preschool".

    Answer by slw123 at 1:30 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Generallly not.
    Daycare centers generally just care for the kids. Snacks & lunch, supervised play, maybe a few activities like storytime or painting. Children can pretty much do what they want as long as it's not dangerous.
    Preschools usually have a curriculum they are trying to teach. The day will be structured with the kids moving from one type of activity to another - including free play - at set times. The activities will usually involve a theme - like firemen... coloring pages of fire trucks, lessons about what firemen do, a trip to a fire station, lessons about what to do if there is a fire, storybooks about firemen, counting activites with firetrucks, talking about what letter makes the "FFFF" sound in fireman. Children are expected to follow directions, raise their hands, and participate in activities.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:02 PM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • Daycare raises a child and is full day. Preschool teaches a child and is usually a few hours per day. Some day cares will have an educational component but preschools don't really have a daycare component e.g. they won't take your child if they're sick

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 4:27 PM on Jun. 25, 2009