The answers to these questions will depend on what works best for your family.
Use these questions to gain a sense of how your student will be spending their time at the Pre-K program. You may be surprised to learn that even very young children learn math, science and social studies! Understanding how the program defines and teaches social emotional learning can help you understand what skills your child will be working on.
FAMILY INVOLVMENT QUESTIONS
How involved you will be with your student’s Pre-K program depends on many factors. But it is important that the program understands the value of family involvement. Look for a program that holds conferences to update families on their child’s academic and social emotional progress. If your child has separation anxiety or if this is their first time away from home for an extended period, an open-door policy can ensure that you and your child have a sense of comfort knowing you can visit when needed. (Programs may have certain times that are less conducive to drop by, and they should be able to communicate that schedule with you in advance.)
SAFETY AND SECURITY QUESTIONS
Ensuring that your child is in a safe environment – both emotionally and physically – is essential. Determine the program’s safety measures to ensure they meet you and your child’s needs.