Choosing The Right Development Center

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Wondering where to start? This how-to guide helps you discover which  questions to ask and what to look for in the perfect childcare center  this fall:  6 Easy Steps for Choosing the Right Child Care

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How to choose the best Develpmental Center

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As child care experts who’ve been at it for nearly 50 years, we know  the hunt for the best learning center for your child can be a little  stressful—daunting, even. 

We’ve got you covered. This simple, six-step checklist for families  with children ages 1 to 4 will help you understand what a “high-quality”  preschool program looks like—and yes, a great early childhood education  education counts! Consider this: Children who attend Auntie Mame's Development Center are ahead of their peers in math and reading when they  enter kindergarten. We’re proud of that!

Looking for more information to aid you in your search? Good luck, and we hope to meet your family soon! 

Step #1. Do a Little Research. Choose a Nationally Accredited Center 

You can think of accreditation as a big gold star in the world of early childhood education. Accredited centers meet rigorous standards  in everything from teacher qualifications to curriculum to safety.  

Step #2. Make a Shortlist of What Matters Most to Your Family

Before a tour, make a list about what you need, what you want for your child, and any concerns you  may have, no matter how large or small. No matter what comes up, it’s  valid! Use your list as a conversation guide on your tours: Do you want  your child to be super-duper ready for kindergarten? Are you concerned  how a teacher will handle your spirited child if they knock down other  kids’ block towers? 

Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.

Step #3. On a Tour, Make Sure the Center has the Basics Down Pat

If a center can’t get the basics right, give yourself permission to move on. 

 1. Cleanliness: The center should (obviously) be clean and tidy.
 2. Safety: A strong emergency plan—and the ability to explain it in detail—is a must. 
 3. Nutrition: Whole grains, fruits and veggies, and no juice or sugary snacks are key.

Step #4. Check for Classrooms Made Just for Kids

Whether you’ve got a whirling dervish, a whiz kid, or a quiet contemplator, a great classroom empowers every child to reach their full learning potential. Great classrooms…

  1. Invite exploration by providing easy access to many learning possibilities— science stations, art supplies, dress-up clothes, and games. 
  2. Encourage reading by placing books within easy reach and labeling objects to boost early literacy to boost early literacy. 
  3. Build a sense of belonging by hanging art at eye-level and labeling cubbies with names and pictures.

Step #5. Look for Teachers with Passion and Heart

If children love their teacher, they’ll love school—and learning.  (Parenting wins!) Observe teachers with the children. Are the children  engaged? Do the teachers seem to love what they do? Ask them what they  love about teaching or, if you have a concern about your child, bring it  up. Their answers will tell you a lot about their passions and their  openness to working with you! 

Step #6. Trust  Your Instincts. You Know Your Family Best!

Did you feel listened to and understood? Was the center warm and  welcoming? If you’re unsure, go back for a second visit. A great center  will be more than happy to honor your request and make the experience  all about you and YOUR family!