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What makes a quality preschool

Choosing the best preschool for your child can be a challenge. A good preschool will prepare your child for kindergarten and provide tools for future school success. Here are some things to look for when choosing the best preschool for your child:

Leadership and Management

The best preschools are happy to show you around. Schedule a tour first, because seeing is believing. All brochures may look good, but all schools are not created equal. Touring the facility will give you a great feel for whether the environment is clean and well-kept, the entrances and exits are secured and how much classroom technology is in use. Either by phone or in person, ask about the owners and their daily involvement in school operations. Find out about their philosophy on balancing learning with play.

Low Student to Teacher Ratios

Inquire about student to teacher ratios. Required ratios can vary, based on local regulations, however, the best preschools will maintain smaller class sizes, allowing for more personal attention.

Quality Curriculum

Preschool curriculum should include a solid pre-reading program, along with age appropriate language and social activities. There has been a shift in recent years to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs into the preschool classrooms, and now many preschools include Art instruction (STEAM). The best preschools utilize evidence-based curriculum that is specially designed for preschoolers with varying learning styles.

Qualified Teaching Staff

Ask about the credentials of both the teaching staff and the preschool director. Preschool teachers should have a strong background in early childhood education and have the ability to make children feel comfortable. The best preschools regularly encourage their teachers to participate in continuing education activities and stay on top of new trends in early childhood education.

Adherence to Health and Safety Standards

A great preschool will go above and beyond to ensure your child’s safety. Classrooms and outdoor play areas should be clean and free of hazards.

Preschool can be a wonderful experience for your child, when you find the right fit. Download Kids ‘R’ Kids Essential checklist to selecting the best preschool. Start your child’s early learning experience on the right road.

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