How to Choose a Preschool

Finding a quality preschool or child care provider can be daunting. Here are some tips that will help you find the right preschool for your child's needs.

It's time to find a preschool or child care provider and you're completely overwhelmed, right? Online data offers a wealth of information about public and private elementary schools, but finding a quality preschool can be more challenging. Here are a few tips to help you when you begin choosing a preschool or child care center for your child.

Start by considering your family's needs and budget. Do you need a full-day preschool program with extended care, or is a half-day preschool program sufficient? Are you looking for a program with a particular educational philosophy? Would your child be most successful in a center or a small home setting? Once you've articulated your wish list, you're ready to start actively looking.

What to Look for in a Preschool

Bottom line: ask questions, trust your gut, and follow up.

Even after you've chosen a high-quality preschool, it's important to stay involved. Volunteer occasionally. Work to build open communication with teachers and staff. Listen to your child’s observations about school. Discuss any concerns promptly with your child’s teacher or the preschool director. Remember, you're making an investment in your child's well-being. Spend time thoughtfully choosing a preschool and build strong relationships with the center staff thereafter.

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