Since 1985, NAEYC's national accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children.
10 Signs of a Great Preschool
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests that you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom.
- Children spend most of their time playing and working with materials or other children. At St. John's we believe that children learn best when the activities are fun. Early Childhood Educators call this developmentally appropriate practice and it is the basis for our program.
- Children have access to various activities throughout the day. The organization of materials is an important element in our preschool classroom. Materials are carefully planned and varied so that a learning-rich environment is created for children.
- Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. Activities are varied throughout the day so that teachers are able to work individually with children, assess their ability levels, and provide them with the direction they need. Sometimes this even involved providing strategies for children to use so that they are able to initiate play with other children.
- The classroom is decorated with children's artwork. Our preschool children love seeing their artwork displayed! Their parents take pride in what their children have accomplished and teachers enjoy displaying work that identifies the learning that has occurred in the classroom.
- Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. Learning numbers and the alphabet are embedded into the preschool curriculum at St. John's. Activities such as counting the days of the month and counting classmates make children aware of numbers and of counting objects in sequence.
- Children work on projects and have long periods of time to play and explore. St. John's preschool program gives children time for free play that incorporates dramatic play, block play, process art, play dough, and other sensory activities. Children can engage in some or all of the activities at their discretion.
- Children have an opportunity to play outside everyday. Physical activity is an important part of a child's development that is why children are given the opportunity to engage in large motor activities everyday.
- Children are read books individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time. One of the most enjoyable activities during the day for our teachers is to read to children. It is also enjoyable when children "read" to their teacher. It is a great language and literacy activity that children can do at home as well as at school!
- Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Our curriculum employs the Minnesota Early Learning Standards as its foundation. We support children in building on what they already know and we facilitate activities which expand their abilities.
- Children and their parents look forward to school Each year we are blessed to work with awesome parents on a team that provides the best possible experiences for their children. We believe that teaching preschool is more like a calling than a job!
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Promoting excellence in early childhood education