What should I look for during a visit of the facilities?
Don't expect to find desks in rows. Instead, there should be areas for different play activities, such as a reading nook, a puzzle table, and a make-believe corner. Look at what's hanging on the walls -- are there samples of the kids' artwork? You should see many pictures, but not all of them drawn the same way or with the same colors (when the children's artwork is original, it shows that the school encourages creativity). Decorations and supplies should be at a child's eye level and labeled with words in order to expose kids to letters and numbers. You should also ask about security procedures. If someone other than you is picking up your child, will the school check her ID and make sure she's on the list of authorized caregivers?