When it comes to ensuring academic success for your child, the sooner his or her skills and tools for learning are developed, the better. Preschool offers your child the opportunity to get a head start in developing these skills.
But what kind of preschool is the best one for your child and your family?
Enrolling your child into a faith-based preschool can be a critical part of your child’s development—both within the classroom and during everyday life. At Trinity Episcopal School, we recognize the importance of creating a bridge between the home and school environments for the Preschool child. We establish these relationships with parents based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding. Parents are viewed as active participants in their child’s educational journey.
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For parents, it’s important to understand the benefits of a faith-based preschool before making the financial investment to enroll your child. Below are some of the most important benefits of faith-based preschools for you to consider when choosing which type of preschool is best for your child.
1. Ethics and Morals
A strong foundation of any faith-based school, regardless of religion, is a sense of moral integrity with a high ethical standard. This universal standard helps raise students who understand the value and importance of being truthful and helping others. At the preschool level, this standard provides an early moral compass to guide your child not only through higher levels of education, but in life as well.
At Trinity, we define a high ethical, moral standard through four commitments:
- To Focus on our Mission: We will be intentional and articulate how we are striving to achieve our mission, advancing children toward our portrait of the graduate.
- To Create Optimal Conditions for Learning: We will offer a highly student-centric program, that is, one that is attuned to the individual student’s experience and responsive to his or her needs.
- To Enhance Partnerships with Parents Through Personalized Communication: We will proactively engage the parents as partners in our work and explore effective ways to communicate with them about the education and student experience at Trinity.
- To Foster A School Culture of Kindness and Cohesion: We will consistently model kindness and respect while building cohesion through meaningful collaboration between grade level teams and division.
These commitments provide a path to ultimately respect the dignity of every human while ensuring that all people who serve and will be well-served by the programs of our School are welcome regardless of race, religion, background, gender or sexual identity.
Faith-based preschools instill this philosophy into the everyday life of each student in order to establish a greater sense of community within an inclusive environment. These foundations are not necessarily exclusive to faith-based preschools; however, they are a critical component of your child’s education that extends well beyond the walls of the classroom.
2. Community Connection
New Orleans is a diverse community, with people from all backgrounds and cultures. With such a diverse community, it’s important to teach children the value of connecting with their neighbors to create a more inclusive, inviting environment. With a religious foundation, all faith-based preschools share the value of connecting with their surrounding community.
At Trinity, it’s part of our mission to actively build and support an inclusive environment in which all feel they are valued members of our community. That is why community service forms such an important part of life at our School, and why we encourage students and their families to find ways that they can give back to the community.
With a guiding foundation based on religious principles, faith-based schools offer a greater sense of community connection and involvement for every child, regardless of background.
3. Academic Benefits
As mentioned earlier, an education in a religious-based school offers learning well beyond the walls of the classroom, a clear advantage as students advance into elementary, middle, high school, and college beyond.
One way that faith-based schools in general can contribute to this is the fact that they have more freedom in developing a curriculum for their students. This freedom can broaden a student’s academic understanding, enabling them to perform better in classes and even earn (and qualify for) scholarships.
Early development in this type of education provides the foundation necessary to excel and progress later in your child’s educational journey. That is why Trinity Episcopal offers a unique curriculum addressing the needs of preschool aged children through developmentally appropriate practices.
Academic skills, social and personal knowledge, and understanding are developed at this level through oral, visual, and kinesthetic modalities. Individual differences are addressed within large and small groups, as well as one-on-one situations.
More information on the benefits of Trinity's academic advantage at the preschool level can be found here.
4. Global Worldview
Because they offer an environment built upon kindness, diversity, and inclusion, faith-based schools can provide your child with a broader sense of the world, enabling them to become more compassionate learners and workers.
At Trinity, we believe we are a better school if ours is a diverse community. This includes a belief that it’s simply not enough to open the doors to a wide variety of people, but we must also do the hard work of ensuring our community is one in which a wide variety of people can feel comfortable.
With a mission to build confident, resilient upstanders, teaching students to have a positive impact on the world is at the core of each child’s education.
With a religious foundation based on helping others and “treating others as you want to be treated,” faith-based schools provide a true sense of inclusion not only within the community, but the world at large.
Gaining exposure to new ideas and cultures within a diverse environment is a common standard of most faith-based schools. And, as with academic development, the sooner this philosophy can be instilled in your child, the better.
At the preschool level, a joyful, child-centered learning within a faith-based school can teach your child the emotional and academic skills they’ll need for success later in life.
More information on our commitment to making a global impact by providing a diverse, inclusive environment can be found here.
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Ultimately, regardless of religious affiliation, there are several benefits of enrolling your child into a faith-based preschool. While these schools may differ in overall religious philosophy, they all provide a foundation of high ethics and morals, community connection, academic benefits, and a greater global worldview.
Developing these philosophies at an early age can go a long way into ensuring your child has the tools to succeed in the classroom and in life.
At Trinity, we provide a loving, child-centered atmosphere that primes children to enter the First Grade and ultimately, excel throughout their academic career.
The foundation of this learning is steeped within a joyful, playful experience. We provide opportunities for your child through a balance of structured and unstructured, child-directed and teacher-directed, and indoor and outdoor play. Learn how your child can benefit from this education and learning experience by visiting our Prekindergarten and Kindergarten page.