On a regular basis, I see posts on social media from parents asking for advice on choosing “the best” preschool, or the best private school in the area, or asking which is the best public school as they plan a move. (And, of course, parents of older children agonize over what is the best college.) […]
After you’ve thought about your goals for a preschool and made a list of local options, you can learn more about those options by looking at their websites, going to open houses and visiting. Here are some things you’ll want to think about as you do that: What do they teach? They should work on […]
Once you’ve decided what your needs and goals are for preschool, you’re ready to make a list of local programs. Get familiar with available options: look at parenting magazines or newspapers or the yellow pages. Do web searches. Find an accredited program: http://www.naeyc.org/academy/accreditation/search. Search for local child care and preschools, go to http://www.childcarenet.org/families. Go to […]
Consider your logistical needs for a preschool Before you start looking at options, think about your “must haves” for preschool. It’s important to start here, because otherwise you might fall in love with a program and then discover that you can’t possibly make the logistics of it work for your family. Things to consider: Child […]
In a play-based preschool there are several activity centers, such as blocks, dress-up clothes and toy kitchens, easels and creation stations, sensory bins and more. This post covers what skills children learn with each of these types of play.