The first step to choosing a high-quality preschool is to know your child. Is he outgoing? Does he feel comfortable in large groups? Does she prefer quiet or active play? Does she have a good attention span? Keep your child in mind while evaluating a program and asking questions of the staff.
- Make sure the preschool teaches basic school readiness skills including the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors.
- Ask about the program’s discipline policy to make sure it is similar to your own. Having different rules at home and at school can be confusing for young children.
- Ask to see the school’s state license to be sure it meets health and safety regulations.
- Learn about teachers’ educational backgrounds. Ideally, they will have specialized training in early childhood education.
- Ask about the school’s child/teacher ratio. The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends one adult for every 10 children, which allows for more individual attention for your child.
First 5 LA supports Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), a non-profit organization dedicated to making voluntary, high-quality preschool available to every 4-year-old in L.A. County. To find out more, visit LAUP.net here.