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Choosing the Right Preschool

By Debra K. Whaley, M.D.

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​​Most preschools accept children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. It is important for parents to find the right preschool that meets their expectations and most importantly, is a good fit for their child’s developmental needs to transition into kindergarten.

​Most parents begin their search for early education about a year in advance. The first step is to determine your family needs. Are you looking for full-time or part-time? Should the location be close to home or work? Do you prefer private, public or religious schools? It is best to find a school that reflects your parenting style—traditional, structured or casual—to keep school and home disciplines similar.

Researching a Preschool

Once you know what you are looking for, it is time to research preschools. Parents should always be able to show up at a preschool unannounced. This will give you the best idea of a day-to-day routine at the school. Boys Town Pediatrics recommends parents look for the following:

  • Low teacher to student ratio
  • Health and safety of the facility
  • Access to a variety of learning activities
  • One-on-one teacher interaction with children
  • Teacher certifications and school accreditations

The best reassurance that you have found the right preschool for your child is that your child enjoys attending, talks about his friends at preschool and wants to share her daily adventures.​