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Children First: When is the right time to send your child to preschool?

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Many parents might wonder what's the right age to send their child to preschool and if preschool is even necessary. Experts say preschool can teach kids lifelong skills. 

Kids file in and parents say goodbye at Zion Lutheran Preschool. Trisha Miller said she knew when her children were ready for preschool.

"They were really chomping at the bit to learn,soaking things up like a sponge and just ready to be with other kids," said Miller.

Hope Genzlinger, Preschool Director at Zion Lutheran Preschool said the age varies when children are ready to start.

"Some children are going to be ready at three. Some children are going to be ready at four, some are going to be ready at five so parents really need to be in tune with how their children are developing," said Genzlinger.

If a parent does not want to send their child to preschool right away or at all, Genzlinger says in some cases that might work best for their family.

"If they can be at home and give them those social opportunities to play, to work on those social skills with other children, how to approach someone and ask them to play, how to share, how to deal with disappointment. If they can provide those opportunities, awesome, but otherwise preschool is a great way to do that," said Genzlinger.

If a parent feels their child is ready, researching different preschools could be a good next step.

"It's really important that parents know their child and just visit the facilities to try to figure out what would be a good fit for their little one," said Genzlinger.

As for miller, she feels preschool has been very beneficial for her children.

"I think if the kid is ready and the parent is ready, just as much as the kid. Then I think preschool is a wonderful thing and I think it gives kids a really early start and jump on life."

A recent Harvard University study shows children who attend preschool are 50 percent more likely to graduate from college.

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