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. In this article you'll find 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.
Bottom line: ask questions, trust your gut, and follow up. You may want to consider using a resource like the Bright Horizons Quality Preschool Checklist. 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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We invite you to visit us during our Preschool & Kindergarten Prep Preview to explore our preschool and kindergarten prep classrooms, engage with our STEM curriculum, and connect with our educators; all while learning how Bright Horizons ensures children are on the right track for school success. This event is open to both adults and children, walk-in's are always welcome, and there is no need to RSVP.Back To Top