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Selecting a Preschool

Selecting a preschool program that is right for your child means you need to make some choices about the kind of environment your child will feel valued, safe, appropriately challenged, and happy in. Here are some points to consider:

  • Look about the classroom. Is there a variety of activities to choose from, with plenty of choices so all children are not doing the same thing?
  • Teachers are available to children, individually, in small groups and as a whole group.
  • Children's artwork, writing and creativity are evident in the classroom, displayed attractively at child's level.
  • All activities from routine (such as roll-taking) to spontaneous (finding a caterpillar on the playground) are meaningful and provide the basis for learning. The natural world (plants and animals) around the children is evident in the classroom.
  • Books are available to children throughout the day, and teachers are willing to read them.
  • Children play outdoors every day and outdoor play is viewed as an important aspect of the program.
  • Teachers recognize the uniqueness of each child. Children learn in a variety of ways and at different rates.
  • Children and families enjoy the school. Children, families and teachers work together as a team for the benefit of the child. Communication is open at all levels.

A note: preschool vs. pre-K? What is the difference?

Sometimes families ask us how our programs compare with pre-K programs, which many early childhood programs advertise. At Congregational Preschool, 4-year-olds leave the classroom in May fully ready for kindergarten. Through our curriculum, we help ensure the children have the social, academic, and emotional skills needed to participate and flourish in kindergarten.