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Best Preschool Near Desert Ridge?


85054Mom December 29, 2008

Hi!  I'm just starting my search for a preschool somewhere between Desert Ridge/Cave Creek, over to Scottsdale/Dynamite and down to Kierland or thereabouts.  I have no idea where to start and am in a panic because my son is almost 3 and READY, but I'm WAY behind.  I have another son who is 15 mos, so I'm trying to find something for the both of them.  So I need a great preschool for my toddler and a great babysitter/in-home daycare/etc. for my baby.  A great preschool will be stimulating, dynamic and mentally engaging (a little granola or non-traditional would be cool; religious OK).  The ideal all-day daycare (for the baby) will have long hours (7am-5pm), be near Desert Ridge and have a curriculum of some type (any type!)  Please help! :-) 

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vacekd1001 December 29, 2008

Hi, I do not live in your area but I thought this information may help with your search for a school for your 3yr old.

10 Signs of a Great Preschool
Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Topics: Early Years (Birth-5), Preschool, Choosing a Preschool
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom.

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.
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.
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 whole group.
The classroom is decorated with children's original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers.
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.
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.
Children have an opportunity to play outside every day. Outdoor play is never sacrificed for more instructional time.
Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time.
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.
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.
Also ask if the program is accredited by NAEYC. NAEYC accredited programs complete a rigorous self-study and external review to prove that they meet standards of excellence in early childhood education.

Want more information?

Send a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope to:
Box 517
1509 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

You'll receive a complimentary brochure entitled "A Good Preschool for Your Child."

Reprinted with the permission of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. © 2008 NAEYC


shutchis February 17, 2009

Hi 85054Mom,

I would recommend you check out the Desert Ridge Parents' Group ( and do some networking with parents in your area to get feedback on good preschools. I live in 85050 and have twins attending La Casa De Christo Preschool at 64th and Bell, which is great! I also hear good things about Best Pals in Cave Creek, Dynamite Montessori, PV Coop School and Benchmark. There are so many choices depending on your preferences, price range, etc.


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