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Start Your Child’s Story the Right Way

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a good person, full of kindness, integrity, confidence and compassion, so it would make sense to begin nurturing these skills as soon as children are old enough to “get it,” right? But what age is that, exactly?

We asked hundreds of parents across the country to tell us the age they felt a child should start learning social-emotional skills. What we found might surprise you. (Hint: It’s earlier than they think.)

We have compiled some of the key findings below, but this is just scraping the surface. Click here to learn more about the survey and why a focus on developing good character is so important for young children and the people they become.

Looking to “start your child’s story the right way” by instilling positive traits? Check out our tips and resources.

Start Your Child's Story the Right Way

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Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools and the leader in providing premier early education and care to children and families in the United States. Our Franchise Owners, School Leadership Teams and School Staff partner with parents to nurture curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion and help children build the right foundation for future learning and life.