Are you looking for a Preschool or Day Care Center? Do you need infant or toddler care? Are you looking to find a good before and after school care program? Do you want a full or part time program?
If you need a Preschool Program or Pre-Kindergarten Program for your young child, find a good Preschool at List of Preschools in Westchester County;
Preschools and Daycare Centers
Once you've narrowed your list to a few preschools, it's a good idea to make preliminary visits to each school. Observe the programs in action. Are the children involved in their activities? Do the children and staff look happy and content with their surroundings? Take time and let yourself experience the school. Remember, this school will have an important influence in your child's development. Choose a Preschool or Daycare Center that is right for your child. Review the following list of Preschool and Daycare Center guidelines:
What experience do the teachers have in early childhood education?
Does the director of the Preschool have experience as a teacher?
What is the staff turnover?
Does the ratio of adults to children comply with state requirements?
Stop by during school hours and visit the schools that you are considering. A good school will welcome and even encourage your visit at any time.
When selecting a Preschool for your child, ask if a daily or weekly report is available for your child. A written report detailing your baby's daily activities is most important when your child is not yet talking.
How long does your child nap?
Did your child go outside in the fresh air today?
Ask for a general status of your child at the end of each week.
For toddlers and older children, also ask:
Are vegetables and fruit served each day?
Even if you send food ask - what does my child actually eat during the day?
What activities is my child involved in during playtime?
Spend some time in the rooms in which your child will spend their time. Are the rooms sunny, uplifting, friendly, clean, and anything else that is important to you as a parent?
Is a written statement available stating the Preschool's goals and philosophy about daycare?
Is emotional development addressed? Ask how.
Is intellectual development addressed? Ask how.
Is physical development addressed? Ask how.
Does the program address spontaneous play and teacher-guided activity?
Is this a clean and green environment for your child? Be sure that pesticides are NOT used in your child's outdoor play area.
Does the outdoor area look safe?
Is there variety and stimulation opportunities in the outdoor equipment?
Is there enough equipment to support your child's class size?
The first few years of your child's life are an amazing time, filled with discovery and enormous growth. It is not surprising that what your child learns early in life will influence their success later in school, in relationships, and in life.