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.
at 3:02 PM on Jun. 25, 2009