Now as an "always" working mother, I more than "get" that you have to go to work and the kids have to be somewhere and not everyone can afford in-home care.
But keep in mind that the early learning experience can have long-range impact on the young child. Because this is often the first time that they have been away from home without a parent, finding the right experience is crucial.
- Experience of the teachers
- School certifications
- Philosophy of the school
- Size of the classrooms
- Number of classes per age group (are there smaller classes for children that might need modifications in the general program)
- On-going continuing education for the teachers
- Frame of reference for age/class specific curriculums
- Structure of the school (level of classroom structure and flexibility, is it experiential, etc.)
- Classroom facilities
- Extra-curricular experiences available (foreign language)
- Outside consultants (OT/Speech, Nutritionist, psychologist)
- Accommodations and modifications for the child with early learning needs