Choosing a quality preschool for your little one can be a daunting task. What is a caring parent who wants the best for their child to do?
First, remember you are your child’s first teacher. Nothing can replace the value of everyday language and learning experiences in the home, from the moment of birth. Face-to-face talk, open-ended play, and reading aloud can catapult a child to school success.
Second, know that the choice is yours. Whether you choose private, public, voluntary Pre-k, or home schooling, you can make the best decision for your child’s learning needs.
Third, visit preschools. Take tours. Ask questions. Are they National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited?
- Teachers talking directly to children
- Happy children talking, busy, engaged
- Small group and whole group learning
- Movement, music, and original art everywhere
- Dramatic play, pretend play, spontaneous play, learning center play, outside play
- Storybooks everywhere for reading aloud and joyful browsing
Last, and most importantly, look for language-driven learning with teacher to child, and child-to-child interactions.
A quality preschool gives children the same contentment, curiosity, and learning choices they have grown up with at home.