Monthly Archives: July 2011

What Happened on the Way to Kindergarten?

Children decide very little for themselves. Of course there is the “which cookie do you want?” or “what do you want to wear today?” The real, important things such as “what preschool or child care center do you want to attend? or, “which program meets your needs and provides the best for you?” are questions and decisions for adults. Sometimes, families make greatly deliberated decisions about where their children will spend eight or more hours a day, five days a week. Parents can readily find information about the quality of the program, consult professional organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) accredited list of centers (6380 accredited centers). Also, families observe centers’ classrooms and get to know the teachers, curricula and discipline policies.