Dan Edmonds, Did some research
There are a few things that are important when choosing a preschool, but it's best to start with a list of schools that are in your area. Noodle actually has a pretty good search tool for figuring this out.
Check out what other people thing of these schools - interview friends, see if you can find any questions or discussion on Noodle about the schools in your area, or look into local parenting magazines. If you use a daycare center for your child, and you're happy with it, sometimes they tend to know good schools.
Once you have a few choices, there are a few things to consider:
- How much does each school cost?
- Is each school accredited? It definitely should be and should have clear rules and regulations around what parents should expect.
- What's the teacher-to-student ratio? Preschools can be overworked, it's good to find one where the number of students is manageable for the teachers. Particularly at the preschool level, it's very hard for a teacher to effectively run a classroom with more than 10 students.
- Staff turnover is also another good indicator of quality.