Preschool and Pre-K – What’s the Difference?

Preschool and Pre-K - What's the Difference?

Frequently, people are confused by the difference in all these terms: day care, childcare, preschool, and pre-K. This is because the terms childcare and preschool are often used interchangeably although they are not quite the same thing. Sometimes the terms preschool and pre-K are used synonymously, but this is not correct. Additionally childcare and day care are correctly use synonymously. So, what is the difference in all these terms?

Definition of Terms

At Little Buckeye Learning Center, childcare or daycare would refer to our infants and toddlers program, which starts with infants at least six weeks old. Preschool refers to 3-year-olds up to 4-year-olds. And pre-kindergarten, often called pre-K, refers to only children who will be starting Kindergarten the next year. We also have a program for school age children of up to 12-years old.

About Our Programs

At Little Buckeye’s Learning Center, childcare does not mean “baby sitting.” Each program we offer teaches children appropriate skills for their ages. In the infants and toddlers program, learning is more ad hoc, and there is more time for free play. In our preschool program, learning is more structured, but not as much as in our pre-K program. 

Our school age program could also be called after-school care. We know children need a break after a long day of school, so this program includes educational activities that don’t even feel like learning – they are all about fun experiences! 

Little Buckeye Learning Center Is the Leader in Preschool and Pre-K,

At Little Buckeye Learning Center, we provide a consistent routine and environment for a smoother transition from one stage of childcare to the next. Care and security for your children is our number one priority. Our facility provides a safe environment for your children you are at school or work. Whether your child is 6 weeks old or up to 12-years old, we have a program that is just right for your child.