What is the difference between preschool and daycare?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney discusses the difference between preschool and daycare.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: What is the difference between preschool and daycare?

    Rene Hackney: Daycare tends not to be as academically oriented or as active throughout their day. There are many good daycares available, but your search for a daycare would be more on your own. There isn t an accreditation system such as the NAEYC for daycares. So, it would really be a much more active process, really going to visit and see how they run those programs. Preschool tends to be more rigorous, there tends to be more of a schedule in the structure for the children at least in the morning programs, if they are there full day.

    Often times, you will see a preschool, if it is a full day preschool, their preschool program is more in the morning and then they have more of the care and play situation in the afternoons.