Tips on how to Select a Pre-K Program
What's important to you and your family? Here are some things to consider as you choose a pre-K program for your child:
- Location: Do you prefer having a program located close to home? Close to work? Close to a childcare provider?
- Transportation: Are you able to deliver & pick up your child daily or do you need transportation?
- Childcare: Do you have other children needing childcare and would like them at the same place? Do you need childcare for your 4-year-old before or after the pre-K portion of the day?
- Half Day vs. Full Day: Do you have a flexible schedule or need to work around your work schedule?
- Cost: Can you afford a program without assistance from one of the Kalamazoo County Pre-K funding partners or do you need to be approved for funding first?
Here are five things to watch for as you visit and assess a preschool program (from an article posted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education):
- Adults are talking to children in nurturing and encouraging ways.
- When children are behaving inappropriately, teachers are focused on helping them.
- The classroom is fun and joyful.
- Children are active.
- Staff are supported -- and seem happy.