The Compare Quality Checklist will allow you to determine how the following elements contribute to the quality of your child’s preschool experience:
- Parent Communication and Involvement
- Health and Safety
Use the checklist to ask questions and to compare the program you visit. Spend at least one hour observing at the facility and paying careful attention to interactions between adults and children. Once you feel that you have obtained adequate information about every aspect of the program, you will be able to make a decision about the best care and education for your child.
Remember, the best early childhood programs are those that give children the foundation that they need to build self-esteem, develop school competence, and reach for higher levels of learning. No matter what kind of program you select for your child, you and your child’s teachers can join in a partnership to enhance your child’s learning experience. By building strong home-school relationships from the start, parents and teachers can support children and prepare them for future success, both inside and outside the classroom.