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What’s In A Preschool?

5 Key Elements In Great San Diego Preschools

Finding a preschool is easy.

In some neighborhoods there’s one on every corner.

Finding a quality preschool on the other hand, is not so easy.

preschool enrollment infographic

Image from Childrens-LearningAdventure.com

Even when you’ve done your research, looked into classroom sizes, picked a location, and chosen the program that’s best for your child there’s still lingering doubts that you’ve made the right decision.

With nearly 500 San Diego preschools available to choose from, it’s no wonder that parents find themselves scratching their heads as they try to decide what to do.

Sure, high quality preschools are not hard to come by, but finding a high quality preschool that suits yours and your child’s needs is not always so simple. Understanding the components that make up a stellar preschool program is key to choosing the one that’s right for you. Take a look at these five areas, each just as important as the next for an optimal early education for your child

  1. The Staff
  2. The Administration
  3. The Curriculum
  4. The Community Involvement
  5. The Environment

For the best results, a preschool will utilize all of these factors to create a schooling system that operates smoothly. Yes, things like deciding between a public and private preschool, or a full or part-time school are important, too. But if you do your analysis correctly, those decisions should already be included within the five categories above. Keep this list handy as you move through your preschool appointments and you’ll find that picking a preschool is not just uncomplicated, but also downright easy to do.

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When The School Bell Rings

3 After School Activities
That Will Leave Your Child Begging For More

We’re deep into September.

In fact, we’re so deep into it that we’re almost out of it.

As the days grow shorter, it’s hard not to notice that back-to-school weight we all seem to carry.

With extra activities, groceries to be bought, dinner to be eaten, and school lunches to be packed, the weight of stress falls heavier on our shoulders.

It’s about this time that most parents begin to realize the benefits in after-school activities.

children extracurricular info graphic

Image from Census.gov

Whether you have one, two, or five children, after-school activities give the parent back some time to get done the stuff that needs getting done.

But what about the preschooler in your life?

Many—if not most—after school programs are designed for school-aged children. Unfortunately, this leaves many parents scrambling to keep their preschoolers busy at all times, making those few hours after work increasingly difficult. It is not impossible, however.

With a little research, it’s easy to find an activity for your toddler that will keep them busy and active throughout those last few daylight hours. Whether you and your spouse are in work until 6pm or you need the extra time to get life together for the week, an after school activity will leave your child happy and fulfilled. Before deciding on an activity, however, be sure that a program is what your child and family truly need.

Ask Yourself:

  • Will your child be able to handle the extended time away from you and the family?
  • Will this extra time be beneficial for both you and your preschooler?
  • Will your wallet be able to take the financial hit?

If all of these questions seem perfectly amenable to you, then it’s time you consider these three solutions for after school toddler care.

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Join the Club: the Babysitter’s Club

Tips for Searching for the Right Baby Sitter

Like most every teenage girl, I spent a great amount of time searching for babysitting jobs in my neighborhood to make some extra cash. Particularly as a preteen, after the boom of “the Babysitter’s Club”, I took my career seriously, investing in name cards for my would-be clients and posters signaling my desire to further my career. All this while gathering with my best friend, and neighbor, to make our plan of attack for the summer camp we’d create to watch our sure to be huge influx of clients. Of course, preschool playour summer camp never happened, my mom promptly removed my posters from telephone poles, and my client’s name cards went, for the most part, unused. I guess in a world where it’s hard to trust just anyone, my mom wasn’t willing to put my phone number or information out there for the world to see.

My how times have changed.

These days, looking for a babysitter for your young ones is not only much easier to do, but slightly more stressful as well. With things such as iPhones and computers taking over our pre-teen and teenager’s worlds, it’s hard to separate the responsible, from those who simply want the house alone for the night. Not to mention, there’s always the problem of finding someone available on the days and times that you need them. A night after work is often problematic for those still in school, while a weekend night might turn your potential sitter off because it’s likely their night off as well. Granted, you’d think that a sitter seriously looking at looking toward making some money will of course jump at the chance to work regardless of the night, but unfortunately that’s not always the case.

With so many factors playing a role in your babysitting needs, and your child’s care resting in the palm of their teen hands, it’s important to take considerable thought over who you choose to care for your toddler.

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