Choosing the right childcare provider and preschool for your precious child – and for your family – can be an overwhelming undertaking.
At Stepping Stone School, we want you to be happy with your choice of early education and child care. So we want to help provide you with the data and tools you need to make an informed decision. We believe once you compare Stepping Stone School with other programs, you’ll choose us – but regardless, you need to be happy with your selection.
Start your search as early as you can. Do your research – via the Internet and by word of mouth. Call, ask questions and arrange a visit. Once you’re at the facility, consider how it might feel to be a child in this environment: Is it welcoming? Is there a feeling of respect, acceptance and belonging? Are the activities interesting, engaging and meaningful? Would you want to come and spend time here every day?
Here are some trusted resources for thorough guidance on searching for and finding the best preschool and program for your child. And whenever you’re ready to visit a Stepping Stone School near you, just click here to find your school and schedule a tour.
- NAEYC Accreditation: The Right Choice for Kids
Information from the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the importance of a high-quality early childhood education program, like the one offered by Stepping Stone School.
- Child Care Aware: Choosing Child Care
Thirteen research-based guidelines to follow as you consider childcare programs, from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care.
- Preschool Checklists
A comprehensive six-part checklist to help guide you through the process of touring schools, observing classrooms and interviewing administrators.
- How to find the best preschool for your child
A six-step guide to help you find the right program for your child, including an outline of some common preschool philosophies and a printable preschool interview sheet.
- Going to School: Choosing a Preschool or Childcare Center
From PBS Parents, questions to ask and things to watch for during center visits.