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Old Yesterday, 06:59 AM
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Our son went to Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, a church-based Reggio Emilia program (we are not religious) which is very highly regarded. We loved everything about it. But, be warned...if your goal is to grow a prodigy who's already doing grade 5 math or speaking in tongues by age 6, then a Reggio Emilia approach is not going to be what you want.
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Thanks everyone for the replies/comments. Not sure why someone wouldn't want to do the due diligence and send their kid to the best school they can find . We aren't looking for anything abnormal. Just a school with engaging teachers and a solid curriculum. We aren't trying to raise a prodigy but we are looking for a school that prepares him for elementary school as these days you can't cross your fingers and just "hope" things go well. Also, without asking you never know if a program is going down hill and we would be the last to know or if someone randomly has input that may pop a new idea into our minds or help us slim down options . Never hurts to ask! I sincerely appreciate everyone taking time to respond to the post.
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Old Today, 10:37 AM
 
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How are preschools evaluated? Obviously cleanliness and safety, but beyond that what should you be looking for?
Arjay, happy teachers, happy parents, happy kids, and the philosophy that fits your own. I chose Reggio Amelia because I wanted my child thinking deeply and playing outside. Others want a more teacher-led approach. Then, you're looking for hours, price, location.
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Old Today, 12:23 PM
 
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Arjay, happy teachers, happy parents, happy kids, and the philosophy that fits your own. I chose Reggio Amelia because I wanted my child thinking deeply and playing outside. Others want a more teacher-led approach. Then, you're looking for hours, price, location.
Jan, yes, those are the basics we've always looked for, too. For the most part we've sent our kids and grandkids to various church preschools.

Personally, I've never expected them to do a lot of academic work in preschool. My main interest was for them to just have a good time and develop positive attitudes about going to school, since they're going to be stuck there for the next 13 years or so!
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