I feel these are The Most important things:
1) Find out what your states child to teacher ratio is and when you visit the classroom count heads.
2) Visit unannounced. If they tell you you have to schedule a tour then go somewhere else. They should not have to prepare for your visit.
3) Ask a lot of questions. Sanitary protocols. daily routines. Sick policies... If they have to hesitate or don't know the answers then try somewhere else. They should know their own policies back and front.
4)Find out about teacher turn over. If it is often then you may not want your child there for consistencies sake. Plus if the school can't keep their teachers happy then something is wrong.
5)If you happen to see a parent in the parking lot ask them if they mind telling you what they think of the facility. Most of them will be happy to share there likes and dislikes.
6)Go with your gut if it doesn't feel right it probably isn't.
at 4:29 PM on Mar. 9, 2009