Browse by city and read reviews of preschools online at GreatSchools. The GreatSchools website gives a snapshot of area schools, which has proven helpful to families frequently on the move due to work-related or military transfers. Parents, teachers and students contribute to each school profile.
Reviews and ratings for specific preschools around the country can also be found at The Savvy Source, where helpful articles are also available covering topics such as kindergarten readiness, navigating preschool applications, understanding preschool designs and making the most of prospective preschool tours.
Baby Center offers expert advice on choosing a top preschool program. The Montessori Program stresses the need for an individual to determine his place in the world in addition to mathematics, reading and language skills. The Waldorf Approach emphasizes stimulation and nurture of the body, soul and spirit and tends to be more group oriented than the Montessori Program. The HighScope Approach maintains that children learn best when pursuing personal interests. The Bank Street Approach offers diverse learning opportunities based on the active exploring, experimenting and artistic qualities of children. Also popular with many pre-kindergarten programs are The Creative Curriculum books and teaching guides published by Teaching Strategies, Inc. Gaining in popularity is the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence curriculum.