"Parents should always feel free to ask however many questions are needed until they feel confident in their understanding of the program.
Here are some questions with which to start:
·Does the preschool program have any certifications? And if so, with what organizations are those certifications?
·Are the teachers and staff required to engage in continuing education? How does the school support teachers who continue their education and training?
·Does the school have teachers or specialists who can provide special-needs support students who may require them?
·What is the overall classroom environment like? Is it a child-centered room, decorated primarily with the children’s own work and colorful, developmentally-appropriate learning materials?
·Does the classroom schedule include time for outdoor play or gym time every day?
Equally important to consider is the classroom teacher:
·Does the teacher rely on pre-printed worksheets, or does he/she create novel learning materials and lesson plans for the children?
·Does he/she appear to nurture positive relationships with classroom parents? Does he/she communicate regularly with parents, whether via email, communication journals, or phone calls? Does the teacher welcome parents’ input and feedback?
·Does the teacher plan a variety of group activities, whether in small or big groups, as well as individual work?
·Does he/she recognize differences among children’s learning abilities and consequently make an active effort to be flexible and adapt the classroom curriculum so that it is individualized for different children’s needs?
·And perhaps most importantly, do the children seem happy to be there?
Thanks for tuning in this month for our early childhood education advice! As we mentioned the first week, parents must trust their own judgment and feel confident that their decision will ultimately be what is best for their child."
We think if you follow Dr. Kim's steps then you will DEFINITELY have the confidence to make the decision you feel is best for your kids.
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