Experts: Preschools can bolster social, academic skills of a child

Interaction outside the classroom is an important step to the child's all-around education. Here, Keion Grieves, front, and Brian Pace ride on the swings during recess. The students have to complete their tasks to be able to go out and play.

Interaction outside the classroom is an important step to the child's all-around education. Here, Keion Grieves, front, and Brian Pace ride on the swings during recess. The students have to complete their tasks to be able to go out and play. Photo by Julie Smith.

School will soon be out for the summer, but if you have 3- and 4-year-olds at home, summer is the perfect time to consider preschool options for next fall.

We spoke with area experts — moms, child-development professionals, early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers — to learn the answer to an important question: Do our children need preschool, or is kindergarten enough to prepare them for a life of learning?

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Sherry Maples, a Jefferson City public school kindergarten teacher, encourages preschool and suggests taking advantage of ....

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