But ultimately, when I went looking for preschool, I was just fumbling in the dark. What makes a good preschool? I didn’t know. I looked up a little bit of advice, but none of it seemed particularly helpful.
Luckily for us, the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and the Brookings Institute just published a promising new report about the nature of preschool in the US. Their over all main conclusion – public preschool helps provide children a boost for kindergarten (read more about a summary and policy suggestions on NPR).
But it is one area within the report that intrigued me the most and that was: The Characteristics in Pre-Kindergarten Programs that Drive Positive Outcomes. This doesn’t necessarily equate “good” in terms of preschools, but I suspect that most of us want positive outcomes for our children.