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Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child Once you decide your child is prepared for preschool, it’s time to look for a good program. It’s smart to start your search early on. Some families – especially those who live in huge cities – even apply to the best schools as their child is born. After pinpointing a few good schools, submit applications to all of them. If you’re not accepted your first choice, you’ll have a backup or two. To know the best program for your child, take the following steps: Prioritization
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First and foremost, determine what you want. A preschool near your workplace or near your home? Must the curriculum include activities like dancing, singing and storytelling? A particular approach to learning? Write everything down and refer to the list while evaluating different programs.
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Homework Friends and relatives can recommend schools they like. Also check out accredited schools in your area, and don’t forget to check the yellow pages. Interview and Personal Visit , but you won’t get a good vibe of what a preschool is like unless you actually visit the place and meet the staff. Meet the director in person and talk about everything, from classrooms to teaching philosophies. Count on your intuition about the place and pay attention to how the director replies to your questions. When visiting the classrooms, take note of the number of students under one teacher’s care. As per the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s recommendation, 2- and 3-year-olds should be in classes of 18 people max, with at least two teachers. For 3- to 4-year-olds, the recommendation is groups of 20 or smaller, again with no less than two teachers. For 5-year-olds, a class can have as many as 20 students with two teachers minimum. References Ask every school you’re eyeing for a list of parents with children who have attended the school. Allot time to call them and ask particular questions. Don’t simply ask whether or not they like the preschool – know what exactly they like or dislike about it. Also call your state’s Better Business Bureau to know if any complaints have been filed against the preschool or any of its teachers. Kid Testing Finally, go visit the preschool, kid in tow. That way, you will be able to see how your child and the teachers interact and whether he or she feels comfortable in the preschool’s atmosphere or environment. Certainly, picking a preschool is a personal decision. If, after a visit to the preschool with your kid, you both seem to like going and being there, then it’s probably the one for you – of course, after everything else checks out.