Ten Signs of a Great Preschool in Draper
1. Children spend most of their playing and working with materials or
other children. They do not wander aimlessly, and they are not expected
to sit quietly for long periods of time.
2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day. Look
for assorted building blocks and other construction materials, props for
pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys
such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Children should not all be
doing the same thing at the same time.
3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group
at different times during the day. They do not spend all their time with the
4. The classroom is decorated with children's original artwork, their own
writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers.
5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday
experiences. The natural world of plants and animals and meaningful
activities like cooking, taking attendance, or serving snack provide the basis
for learning activities.
6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour)
to play and explore. Worksheets are used little if at all.
7. Children have an opportunity to play outside every day. Outdoor play is
never sacrificed for more instructional time.
8. Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout
the day, not just at group story time.
9. Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need
additional help. Teachers recognize that children's different background and
experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in
the same way.
10. Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel secure
about sending their child to the program. Children are happy to attend; they do
not cry regularly or complain of feeling sick.
NAEYC Preschool Checklist PDF
Link: What should your child know before Kindergarten?
Utah State Standards.