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Questions to Ask When Exploring Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Part 2 of a 4 Part Series

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We know that starting school can be a daunting experience for young students, but we also recognize that the same is true for parents when they start looking at schools for their child(ren). Deciding to take the leap and join an early education program like Pre-Kindergarten can be overwhelming – this is the first step in your child’s educational journey and there are plenty of questions that arise as you start the search!

With 20+ years of experience helping families explore their school options, we wanted to share a few questions that many of our parents asked when they were exploring their options, and the answers that helped them decide. 

What Should I Look For in a Pre-K Program?

While Pre-Kindergarten programs are focused on educating and preparing children for their educational future (see part 1), it cannot go overlooked that for young students there is importance in play. Finding a program that offers that perfect middle ground between what can be extremely over reliant on play (like at a preschool) and programs that place too much emphasis on educational curriculum for their child is the needle parents want to find in the metaphorical haystack of their search.

At The Oaks, we incorporate play in many ways for our Pre-Kindergarten classes, from indoor or outdoor play twice a day (morning and afternoon) to weekly specials time for art and music with movement. Students also have play incorporated with other educational and hands-on experiences such as field trips and our integrated nature study program that begins in prekindergarten where students’ inherent curiosity for the world is sustained and reinforced.

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Have Questions?

Change is always challenging, especially when it may effect your children. Please share any questions or comments you have using the form below, or by emailing me directly at ahart@theoaksacademy.org.

I’ll respond to your inquiry directly and as quickly as I can.