Playing and socializing at preschool is fine, but the Ohio Department of Education says kids should be learning too.
The state has established its first academic standards for preschoolers. They’re not mandatory, but state officials say using them as teaching guidelines will help children be prepared for kindergarten. They’re simple standards, such as printing and recognizing names and being able to tell coins apart. Math and language standards are already in place and science and social studies standards will be finalized in a few months. The standards are not required for preschools to be accredited by the national association for the education of young children.