If you have ever read The Ivy Chronicles, you might be stricken with fear at the thought of finding a preschool for your little one. Luckily, the majority of the preschools in the country are absolutely nothing like those select private schools in NYC (BTW, the author of The Ivy Chronicles, Karen Quinn, wrote that book from personal experiences. The crazy admissions process in NYC isn’t a myth!).
I have recently been faced with enrolling my two year old in preschool. I had no clue where to start, so what did I do? Asked my friend whose judgement I trust completely to recommend a school for me. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend who has already done the research and knows the schools in and out, please read on. Even if you do, all kids are different so it pays to thoroughly evaluate where your child will be spending a great deal of their developmental time.
I had the opportunity to tour a brand spanking new preschool- and by brand spanking new, I mean newly built with cutting edge technology and facility. The Gardner School has all of the prestige and advantages of a top preschool without the attitude. They are actually called the “Princeton of Preschools” and for a good reason. All lead teachers have four year degrees in early childhood education or a closely related field, and they truly strive to prepare little ones for a smooth kindergarten transition.
|Nursing Room for Moms- The Gardner School|
The beauty of this school for parents of multiple children is that they accept kids from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. No making multiple stops dropping kids off at different locations. No potty training age rules. Kids get to stay at the same school from the time when mom goes back to work up until age 5. They also have extra curricular activities available onsite- from Gymnastics to Music to Ballet, they truly are a one stop shop.
|Cafeteria and Gymnastics Equipment|
|Flyer for Gymnastics Program|
When evaluation a new preschool, the team at The Gardner School kindly shared this evaluation form with me. Feel free to print it out and take it with you when trying to decide what program is best for your little one. It includes important questions such as:
- What is the teacher to student ratio?
- Does the school have an emergency safety plan?
- Are ALL staff members CPR and First Aid Certified?
- Is social and emotional development part of the curriculum?
Best of luck on your search!
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Disclosure: I was given a Kohl Children’s Museum gift card for touring The Gardner School, but am not compensated for any additional promotion. All opinions are truthful and my own.