Preschool Visits: 10 Questions Parents Need to Ask
Updated: Jul 9
The best way to see if a preschool is right for your child is to visit. However, what exactly should you be looking for? Here are 10 key questions that a school administrator, with over 20 years experience, recommends you ask.
By Ms. Linda Martinez
Classroom visits Make sure you visit some classrooms on a typical day while they are in session. Find out the following, through observation and inquiry:
1. Are students happy and engaged in their activities? 2. How is the teacher-student interaction? 3. What will my child be learning? Is there a well thought-out curriculum? 4. Is there an overall sense of order? 5. Is the preschool safe and secure?
Administration Understand what makes the preschool successful behind-the-scenes to determine if the preschool will continue delivering on its promises. Talk to the administrators to assess the following:
1. How does the preschool ensure high, consistent teaching quality? 2. What are the teacher qualifications and turnover rates? 3. What are the preschool leadership’s qualifications? Any accreditations? 4. Where are the school’s alumni, and how is their relationship with the school? 5. How much? Find out the cost of tuition, registration/enrollment, and books/materials.