National Preschooler’s Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to preschoolers. Children at this age begin their first steps into the world around them, develop their imagination, learn to communicate with children, and so on. There they not only gain socialization skills, but also prepare for future schooling. The holiday is celebrated on the second Friday of March.
The first preschools appeared in Europe at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. There is no reliable information about the appearance of National Preschooler’s Day. It is believed to have been created at the initiative of President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. At that time there was the first and, so far, only state-supported Head Start kindergarten in the United States. It was created to support children from low-income families who could not pay to go to school.
The active subsidization of preschools in America did not begin until the 1980s, at which time most low-income families sent their children to preschools for pre-school education. Over time, in the 2000s, wealthy families began to send their children there as well, if they did not have time to educate their children or did not want to hire personal nannies.
In pre-schools, all responsibilities for raising children fall on the caregivers. They are qualified professionals who are trained in special methods of education, love children and can find an approach to everyone. Children play, learn the basic information they need to learn in school, and learn how to make friends and interact with each other.
- Today, most kindergartens in the United States are fee-based. The average fee per month is $1,300.
- Pre-schools are attended by children from 3 to 5 years old.
- To get into kindergarten, you need to sign up for admission in advance. About six months before the planned admission, or even earlier.
How to celebrate
On National Preschooler’s Day, give your preschooler a gift. Take a day off and spend the day with him without putting him in day care. Go for walks and rides and stuff.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if their children go to preschool.
When is National Preschooler’s Day celebrated in 2024?
National Preschooler’s Day is observed annually on the second Friday in March.