Things to look for on preschool tours

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Things to look for on preschool tours

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There are a lot of things that you should look for when you go on a preschool tour. First and foremost, you should look at the classroom environment; the inside and the outside. How does it feel to you? How does it look? How are the toys organized? How are the kids playing with the environment. You should also notice the adults in the room. What are they doing? Where are they? Are they playing with the children? Are they observing the children? Are there parents in the classroom? How is that part of their curriculum in the classroom? You should also be aware of the director. Often, when you go on a tour, you see the director, and the director speaks about philosophy and discipline. How do you feel with this person? What kind of sense do you get from them? Listen to your gut feelings about the director. It's important. Look at the classroom, the children, the diversity. Is it a multi-aged classroom; or is it all three year olds or four year olds? Look at the teacher to kid ratio. You can ask about these things on a tour. Also, you might want to look at the communication patterns. How are the teachers communicating with the parents? How are the parents and the children interacting? How are the children and the teachers interacting? How is the director interacting with her staff? These are all things to consider and to look at when you are on a tour of a preschool.

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Educational Specialist & Executive Director of PEL

Joanna Port is Executive Director of the Parents Education League (PEL) of Los Angeles. She holds a master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. Before having four children of her own, she worked as a social worker with families and children in residential treatment. After she obtained her teaching credential, she worked as a teacher for four years. Coming back to work as PEL's Executive Director, she is able to combine her degrees and interest in education and children's mental health in her hometown, Los Angeles.

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