How to Choose a Preschool

Choosing a preschool can be daunting and difficult. Ask around for recommendations from trusted sources. Search for programs that meet your family needs in terms of schedule and budget. Sliding scale or subsidized tuition may be available, and preschool tuition is usually eligible for a child care tax credit.

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Once you've narrowed it down, visit while class is in session and pay careful attention. Look for a few important factors.

• Classrooms that are bright and joyful.
• Adults talking to children in an encouraging and nurturing way.
• Consistent routines are present
• Teachers are helping redirect behaviors, not punishing children.
• Plentiful opportunities for children to be active
• Choices for activities to participate in
• Staff seem happy and engaged with children
• Check if the program is quality-rated

 

Remember to also trust your intuition and first impressions. Consider carefully whether your child would be happy in a particular setting. Don't be afraid to ask questions and follow up before you make a final decision.