5 Tips for Choosing the Right Preschool

At Benchmark School, we understand that one of the first choices parents make in their child’s education can also be one of the hardest. Multiple studies have found that children who attend preschool have more school success and better life outcomes than those who do not, even many years later. 

But preschools can vary widely in quality and effectiveness. You’re not alone if you feel overwhelmed by the preschool selection process! If you’re looking for some guidance in choosing the right preschool for your child, here are five things you may want to keep in mind:

1. Identify Your Priorities

Before you visit a campus or pick up the phone, take some time to write down your priorities. Do you need the location to be close to your home or work? What is your budget? Does morning or afternoon child care fit best into your schedule?   

2. Cast A Wide Net

Once you’ve identified your priorities, ask your trusted friends and family members for their recommendations. You can learn a lot by hearing what other parents have to say about their preschool experiences - and it can help you narrow down your list too. 

3. Do The Research

Before selecting a short list of schools to focus on, take some time to visit their websites and learn about their teaching methods and curriculum. From Montessori to Waldorf to parent co-ops, there are many ways to approach preschool learning. Be sure to pay close attention to how preschools incorporate hands-on activities and experiential learning to engage students. For example, at Benchmark Preschool we emphasize early academic skills, socialization, and school readiness. Our classrooms feature a variety of learning centers; specials in PE and Music; and a dedicated Science Lab that all ages can access. 

4. Schedule A Visit

An important step in determining the right preschool is to schedule a tour. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the classroom learning environment. Is it warm and welcoming? Are children active and happy? Were the teachers friendly and willing to answer your questions? And don’t forget to bring your child with you on these tours - their impressions matter too! 

5. Decision Time

Honestly, your child can have a great experience in many different preschools. After you follow these steps, make a choice that feels right for your family and excites your child. Early childhood learning is grounded on trusting relationships - so look for a school like Benchmark Preschool, where alumni enroll their children because they see the value of positive teacher-student connections. 


Benchmark Preschool provides a vibrant and supportive environment where children can thrive. Our 14:1 student:teacher ratio provides students with ample individualized attention and support. Are you interested in learning more about how Benchmark Preschool can be a fit for your child? Contact us - we’re enrolling today for Preschool and Grades K-6.


About Benchmark School


Benchmark School is a Preschool and Elementary School serving students in the Phoenix, AZ area. Benchmark offers tuition-free half-day K-6th grades, and tuition-based options for PreK and full-day K. Our foundational approach to academics inspires knowledge and develops character. Students are supported by a tight-knit community of caring teachers and staff and engaged families. Join Benchmark School today! Enrolling now for Preschool and Grades K-6.