Many things have changed in our country and our schools over these last 50 years. Moms have emerged into the work force, thus leaving their children in the care of others. Families have immigrated to the United States from around the world, with different standards, cultural ideas, and financial situations.

It is in my opinion, having taught kindergarten for 30 years and having experienced all of the above with my students’ families, that preschool has become the precursor to success in education in these United States. Readiness skills that used to be done in the home are the foundation of preschool. Socialization has also become forefront in the development of our future students. Many of the young moms have no idea what they need to do to prepare their children for the curriculum changes that have occurred within the educational system since they were students. Because of all these factors, preschool has become even more important in our society.