Finding the Right Preschool For Your Child’s Early Development
Your child is now ready for preschool, so it falls upon you as the parent to find a good program and facility. But don’t wait; you have to act early so you can do the proper research.
Sunrise Preschools provides some recommendations to help you find the best preschool for your little one.
Make inquiries to locate the most trustworthy preschools
Loved ones can give you the names of schools they like; individual references often turn out to be the most preferable. Friends and members of your family who are also parents may give you detailed information regarding the preschool their children may have attended.
Make some calls
Call the Child Care Aware hotline (800-424-2246) and ask for the contact details of a neighborhood childcare resource and referral organization. That agency can guide you to authorized preschools in your area. Better yet, request a rundown of accredited schools close to your home. While accreditation isn't a guarantee that a specific preschool will be appropriate for your little one, by and large, an endorsement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a solid indication of what’s best for kids.
Use the Web
Other than the NAEYC, you can find the National Association of Family Child Care online. They feature guidelines and information on contacting or visiting them personally. You can also check the website of the yellow pages, where you can find a list of preschools in your area together with their contact information and website details.
While you can ask about basic information (such as tuition fees, schedules of enrollment, etc.) over the phone, it is best to schedule an appointment so you can visit the preschools on your shortlist. Most preschool directors will entertain you themselves. At this point, your gut feeling will tell you which of the preschools is worthy of your trust and confidence.