Tips for parents

If you have a little one heading off to preschool in the fall, now is the time to figure out what facility is best suited to your child and family.

You can do some preliminary research online as many schools have websites that offer information about their hours, prices and programs. But visiting the school and talking with staff is a critically important step.

During the tour, you can evaluate the cleanliness and orderliness of the school, observe how teachers interact with students and get a feel for the facility. It's a good idea to bring a list of important questions and ask them during every tour. This will help you compare the schools when you're making a decision.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers a list of tips to help parents choose a school on its website, families.naeyc.org/accredited-article/10-naeyc-program-standards.

It's also a topic thatColumbus Parenthas written about. Read the advice from local experts here,columbusparent.com/content/stories/2010/12/22/ntk-selecting-preschool.html.