Free Preschool And Daycare Programs To Be Launched In Japan

Studies have proven that preschool or early childhood education programs provide long term advantages and early childhood experiences during a child’s earliest years. This is the reason why Anaheim Preschool implements proven best practices to improve the quality of early education for children.

In Japan, a new government program will offer free preschool education and daycare for children ages 3 to 5. The program that will be launched in October 2019 targets low income families with children up to age 2 so that they can use all preschool education and daycare facilities for free and not just the ninka hoikuen or licensed daycare centers whose operating costs are being covered by the government.

Officials from the government and daycare centers are optimistic that by offering free preschool, they could minimize the number of children waiting for daycare places. Daycare fees for low income families are low and most of 3 to 5-year old children are already attending daycare or kindergarten.

The program has not yet started but municipalities are reporting that licensed daycare applications as of April are already higher than the same period last year. Waitlists for 3-year olds are generally shorter than waitlists for younger children in licensed daycare centers. There are muninka institutions that have not been formally certified by the government but equal in quality to the licensed daycare centers that are not completely free.

Parents use ninka hoikuen because these daycares receive subsidies to defray a big part of the fees. Most muninka daycare centers are closing because parents prefer the free licensed daycares. It is expected that higher demand will be created by the new program because parents are eager to avail of the free preschool education for their children. Hopefully, the waitlist issue will be solved by increasing the number of licensed daycare centers to meet demand.

The top priority of Anaheim Preschool is to prepare children for elementary school by shaping their minds and attitudes towards learning. It is important to build a foundation of all future learning during the early years of a child life where 90% of the brain development takes place. A child’s first experiences must be take place in a nourishing and safe environment with positive interactions.

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