A Catholic priest and former chaplain for the U.S. Air Force, Father Thomas Maikowski has supported educational efforts at the parish level. During several years as the director of a Catholic preschool at the parish where he served, Father Thomas Maikowski began noticing an upward trend for Catholic preschools and their increasing enrollment.
Despite the dropping numbers of weekly church-goers and diminishing confidence in organized religion, preschools administered by religious institutions continue to grow. As parents become increasingly aware of the importance of a solid formation for their three and four-year-olds, they often choose Catholic preschools, which seek to develop children at a cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual level.
According to one study, enrollment in Catholic preschools has risen over 450 percent since the school year of 1982 to 1983. The study also notes that 17 percent of those enrolled come from non-Catholic families.
Both Catholic and non-Catholic parents appreciate the level of involvement required by Catholic preschools, which want parents to remain part of their children’s education. Additional benefits include the supportive atmosphere and commitment to development of the whole person. These and other benefits continue to support an increasing enrollment in Catholic preschools.