First, do your research and decide what style program fits your child best. When you have an idea of what approach you're looking for in a school you've got a starting place. We looked for a place that offered part-time program in 2 and 3 day a week sessions. I wanted a school that believed in interactive, hands-on discovery more than work-sheets. Age-appropriate teacher-student ratios. Certifications. Longevity. We took a tour during class hours to see how the kids interacted with staff - not just classroom staff, but office staff. How did the teacher's and the student respond to my child as a visitor to the room? At the place we selected, the director introduced my son as a "new friend that may join us at X preschool next year." Students in the class invited him to join them in their project. The teacher agreed and helped get him involved. DS told me to pick him up later. LOL! It was a hit.
at 1:11 PM on Jan. 31, 2011