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Frequently Asked Questions About Coral Springs Preschool

Preschool FAQTrying to find the best Coral Springs preschool for your child? If so, you likely have a lot of questions you need answered, like are all Florida preschools accredited and licensed?

Allow us to help simplify your decision by answering some of the most commonly asked questions about Coral Springs preschool.

1. Are all Florida preschools accredited and licensed?

Most definitely not! You should always ask a preschool what sort of accreditations and licensing they have.

ABC Learning is accredited and licensed, plus all of our teachers are credentialed.

2. What are the benefits of sending my child to preschool?

Preschool may not be cheap, but it is proven to pay you back and then some. In fact, children that attend preschool are less likely to get into trouble with the law or become pregnant in high school than children that do not attend preschool. Preschool attendees also score ahead of their peers from kindergarten on through college, and are proven to make more money per year once they start their career.

3. My child does not speak fluent English. Can he or she still attend preschool?

We hire bilingual teachers for this very reason; we want to include all children in our enriching educational programs. This isn’t the case at all preschools so you should always check with a preschool before enrolling your child.

There’s no better way to prepare your child for kindergarten than sending them to preschool, especially if they do not speak fluent English.

4. Is there financial aid for preschool?

Yes! We are proud participants of Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program. Florida passed a law in 2005 that gives any 4-year-old child the chance to attend prekindergarten for free. This program grants every child the opportunity to learn and grow from preschool without parents having to spend money out of pocket.

Learn more here: VPK Program.

5. What should I ask preschool directors in order to find the perfect Coral Springs preschool for my child?

Many important questions can be asked of the preschool director during your tour of the school.

Take advantage of the opportunity and you will be able to make a better decision regarding your child’s education. There are no limits to the questions you may ask, so seriously, ask away! If a school director ever makes you feel like you are asking too many questions you may want to reconsider sending your child to their program. 

Some of the most important questions parents often forget to ask include:

  • What are teacher qualifications and experience?
  • What is the teacher turnover rate? If teachers leave the school often this could be a sign that things aren’t running so smoothly.
  • What is the teacher-to-child ratio?
  • How does the school handle disciplinary issues?
  • Are there any special needs programs for children struggling?
  • Is there any form of financial help available?
  • What are the security systems and protocols in place?

6. How do I become more involved with my child’s preschool experience?

This is a great question and we love when parents ask us this! We offer a number of ways for you to get more involved with your child’s education. Parents are always welcome into the classroom for special celebrations. We also host many enrichment programs outside of regular school hours that parents are always welcome to attend. For instance, our popular Fun Bus is a weekly story-telling event held at the local Broward County Library. 

Becoming more involved with your child’s preschool experience is as simple as asking them what they learned at school today. You could also set up activities at home that focus on similar things we are doing in class. If your child is learning how to write his or her name you could incorporate this into a fun art project over the weekend. Say for instance, have them glue uncooked pasta shells onto construction paper in the shape of their first and last letter initial.

7. If my child is sick should I send them to school?

No, please do not send your child to school if they are showing any signs of illness. If your child has vomited or had diarrhea they should not attend preschool for at least 24-hours. Young kids are better at spreading bacteria and viruses than anyone else and so it doesn’t take long for one sick child to turn into an entire classroom full of sick children.

If a child does arrive at school showing signs of illness they will be sent home. Until you are able to pick up your child they will remain separated from the rest of their peers in order to reduce risk of exposure.

If there is ever an outbreak of illness at school, all parents will be notified immediately. If your child is sick and will not be attending school for the day, we ask parents to call in and let us know. This also helps us keep track of any bugs going around classrooms.

8. When do I speak with my child’s teacher about progress, concerns, etc.?

The door of communication between teachers and parents is always wide open. You should feel comfortable approaching your child’s teacher at any time, before or after school, in order to discuss progress, concerns, or anything else.

If your child’s teacher is busy at that time they will be happy to set up a meeting with you at a later date to discuss all of your concerns in detail. To expedite the process, contact the office first to set up a time that is appropriate for the teacher to spend time talking with you.

Teachers should always be in contact with parents regarding major milestones, progress reports and any behavior that seems out of character or out of place.

9. Do children nap in preschool?

Naptime is an important component of the day for young children, which is why we offer daily naptime for preschool children. Even if your child does not wish to fall asleep, they will be asked to rest quietly on their cot while the other children sleep.

10. Will my child be fed lunch at preschool?

Yes, we offer nutritional meals for students, including breakfast, snack and lunch. Students are also welcome to bring in their own snacks or meals from home.

11. What should my child wear to preschool?

Your child should wear comfortable clothing to preschool that they are able to play, run and comfortably hang around the classroom in. They should be dressed appropriately for the weather. Layers are your best option, as they keep kids warm when needed, but can be removed as kids warm up. We highly recommend marking your child’s jacket, or any other removable layers, with his or her first and last name.

12. How do I prevent my child from losing things at preschool?

Kids are known for losing things, which is why we highly recommend writing their name on anything and everything they bring to school with them. This includes sweatshirt tags, lunchboxes, pencil boxes, or anything else you don’t want them to lose forever. 

13. Should I stay with my child when dropping them off for the first time?

When your child first starts preschool it can be scary for both of you. Many parents wonder if they should walk their child to class and then stay with them for 10 minutes or so, until they feel more comfortable. In some cases this can make children more anxious, especially when you actually go to leave. It’s important that your child understands you will be leaving them here, but it is equally important that they know you will be back to pick them up before long.

14. What if my child cries when I leave?

It’s not uncommon for some children to cry when they are dropped off at preschool. Separation anxiety is a real struggle for many children. It’s important to remember that within the first five minutes of being dropped off, sniffling, wet-eyed children usually turn around and are just fine. If it makes you feel better, you could wait out in the hall or give the teacher your number, this way they can contact you once your child calms down, giving you the peace of mind you need to get on with your day.

Your child may be great at going off to preschool independently and then something happens that gives them anxiety about it. For instance, if there is a death, divorce or illness in the family, or even if your child simply had a bad nightmare the night before. Let the teacher know if this is the case so that they can be extra attentive to your child’s needs. You can rest assured that all information you provide our teachers will remain confidential.

ABC Learning is proud to offer superior Coral Springs preschool and daycare programs for children 12-months to 5-years-old. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more!

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