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4 Things to Look for in a Preschool Program

Article sponsored by Divine Savior Academy

It’s enrollment season!

Although the 2019-2020 school year is only half over, parents across the country are taking school tours, filling out applications, and meeting with admissions directors in preparation for next school year. If your child is getting ready to go to school for the first time, this process can be an overwhelming one.

It’s a big decision. 

Choosing a school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will make for your family. The early childhood/preschool program you choose will build the foundation for the rest of your child’s education. Since this foundation is critical, look for these four indicators when searching for an excellent early childhood program.

4 Things to Look for in a Preschool Program

  1. A safe, secure learning environment and classrooms designed with young children in mind. Look for clean facilities, age-appropriate furniture, and learning materials that are arranged to allow for adequate supervision. Visit a preschool during the day when you can observe a classroom in session.

  2. Qualified teachers that understand young children and participate in ongoing continuing education. On your visit, look for active learning experiences and warm, positive interactions between teachers and students. Ask about the degrees and training the faculty and staff possess, as well as the types of on-going education they receive.

  3. A research-based curriculum that connects hands-on and play-based activities with learning to give children the knowledge and skills in math, literacy, science, and music. Observe a classroom and ask yourself the following questions: Are students given opportunities to learn and practice independence, leadership, critical thinking, and decision making? Do teachers use open-ended questions that spark further exploration? Are children learning how to problem solve on their own? How do teachers differentiate education based on a students’ current development?

  4. A dedicated partnership with families. Excellent programs seek to partner with families to meet all of a child’s developmental needs. Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, and regular communication between parents and teachers strengthens a child’s overall learning experience. Look for an active Parent-Teacher Organization, opportunities for parent involvement, and evidence of strong communication (weekly newsletters, active social media, and access to administration).

Divine Savior Academy in Sienna is eager to serve the families of our community with excellence in Christian education in preschool through middle school. The Academy is hosting two Open House experiences in February to guide parents in making the all-important education decision.

PreK-8th Grade Open House: Friday, February 14th at 8:30 am

Wouldn’t we all love to follow around our child for a day, just to see what it looks like from their point of view? This is your chance! On Friday, February 14th, you’ll walk our halls, catch recess, and see students and their teachers in action. Before and after your interactive tour, enjoy breakfast with our administrators where you can ask your questions over a cup of coffee.

Early Childhood Information Night: Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm

Choosing a school for your child is a big decision, one that will affect your family for years to come. The best way to tackle this decision is by visiting our campus to see if it’s right for your child and your family. At this informational night, you will learn about what education looks like in our early childhood classrooms, as well as tour our campus.

Register online for Divine Savior’s Open House at www.divinesavioracademy.com/SiennaOpenHouse.

Can’t make it? Schedule a private school tour online at www.divinesavioracademy.com/sienna/schedule-tour.

 

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