Preschool Promise provides state funding to subsidize the cost of preschool so low-income families can have access to free preschool. Some Preschool Promise providers are in-home providers.
In-home preschool providers are qualified, credentialed educators who offer childcare and preschool programs within a dedicated learning space inside their homes.
- Individually-tailored lessons and activities to introduce reading and math skills and build school readiness
- Social and emotional skills through learning activities, stories, art, and structured and unstructured play
- Low student-teacher ratios
- Flexibility for working parents and caregivers
1. Longer Program Hours: Most in-home providers offer longer program hours so caregivers do not need to find supplemental childcare before or after traditional school hours. In addition, longer program hours offers more time for children to:
- Receive individualized support from educators
- Learn at their own pace
- Build relationships with educators and develop a sense of belonging
2. Year-round programs: In-home providers offer continuity of care across the summer and school year. This means there is:
- Continuous care that eliminates the need for supplemental childcare during summer and holidays
- The opportunity for preschoolers to attend school with younger siblings
- A consistent routine daily for kids
- A long-term relationship with educators
3. Cultural Understanding and Sensitivity:
- Exposure to caregivers who value and celebrate a child's cultural norms, values, language, traditions can instill a sense of cultural pride and help children develop a stronger sense of identity and self-esteem.
- When caregivers incorporate diverse cultural activities, stories, and traditions, children gain a broader understanding of the world and an appreciation for different cultures, contributing to their cognitive and social development
4. Individual flexibility and Connection. Maintaining a low student-teacher ratio enables educators to establish deep connections with children, allowing them to:
- Observe child’s learning style and adapt instruction to meet individual needs
- Create individually-tailored learning plans based on relationship with the child
- Monitor child for development milestones
- Offer high levels of engagement