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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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3120 N. Emerson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46218
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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!